IDNR Explosives Safety, Recognition & Handling Course

Event Info
Monday, June 27, 2022 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

This 8-hour class is provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, OMM-Explosives and Agg. Division, to help educate law enforcment and to provide direct assistance, on-scene, when dealing with explosive situations.  The training will provide hands-on education for recognizing the different types of high/low explosives and their requirements at both the State of Illinois level, as well as the BATFE (Federal) level. In addition to general explosive recognition, the specifics and differences of consumer fireworks (1.4) vs. professional grade fireworks (1.3G) and the laws that pertain to them will be discussed in great detail.

The IDNR regulates / investigates high and low explosives including 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.5. Too many times law enforcement does not have the education to know how to identify an explosive and/or if a bomb squad needs to be called. Bomb Squads, Explosives Breaching SWAT Teams, and BOMB Dog Handlers already possess the IL Individual Explosives License. The IDNR must be notified immediately upon any recovery of a regulated explosive and/or device to pursue the information necessary for enforcement. If an Officer and their respective department so desire, after completing the class and passing the exam, they can receive an IDNR Individual Explosives License, to be used in association with their law enforcement duties. A random monthly bank of test questions will be administered at the end of the class which will consist of 50 questions that will be multiple choice and/or True-False. Each officer receiving the license will fill out an application and must pass the test with an 80% or higher. Officers who do not pass the test will be provided an opportunity to retest in the near future.

Register here: IDNR Explosives Safety, Recognition & Handling Course – Mobile Team 12 (

Contact Info
Kevin Koontz: 217-819-4028 /
MTU 12 - IL Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board
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