(3) The rotating band on all projectiles should be protected by grommets or other effective
means. Dents or cuts in the band may cause the projectile to function improperly in the
(4) Palletized projectiles will be stacked in accordance with approved drawings.
i. Bombs and Warheads. General Purpose (GP) bombs and warheads have comparatively thin
walls. They have a tendency to detonate "en mass" if a fire occurs in, or if a heated fragment is
projected into the magazine in which they are stored. Safety can be obtained only by
eliminating the possibility of fire and strictly enforcing fire prevention practices. Bombs should
be stored in a fireproof magazine. When wood is used for dunnage, the amount should be kept
to a minimum. For storage in other than approved earth-covered magazines, steel dunnage
should be connected (bonded) by electrical connectors and grounded. A ground system
separate from the lighting protective system of the magazine should be provided if feasible.
Bombs not intended for immediate shipment should be stored as above. Warheads must be
stored in their containers right side up. All bombs should be stacked so that the fuze cavity can
be easily inspected. Fragmentation and SAP bombs are stored in the same manner as GP
bombs. Bomb fuzes and primer-detonators will be stored in a separate magazine.
j. Fuzes, Safe and Arming Devices, Primers, Primer-Detonators, Detonators, and Boosters.
These components are usually packed in hermetically sealed containers and boxes. Care
should be taken in packing to see that they are properly supported in racks or trays and
protected against shock and/or rough handling. Even when properly packed, this class of
components should be handled with great care. Partly filled boxes will be kept securely closed.
Magazines for storage of fuzes should be small to limit the loss of this type of material. The
quantity of fuzes, primers, etc., stored in any one magazine should be kept to a minimum
consistent with the storage space available. Storage of all on hand of any one type item in a
single magazine is to be avoided if possible.
(1) Pyrotechnics require protection against moisture, dampness, and high temperature. It is
recognized that it will be impossible to always provide magazine storage under all
circumstances. Pyrotechnic items must be given high priority for the best available
protection because of their sensitivity. Dry, well-ventilated magazines of approved fire-
retardant construction will be used for this storage when available. Except those magazines
used solely for storage of Class 1 material or finished boxed pyrotechnic ammunition,
magazines should not be provided with interior illumination other than through the use of
portable safety battery lamps approved for the location involved. Pyrotechnic material that
has been wet can be hazardous to store. Any boxes that show signs of dampness will be
removed from the storage site, opened IAW the approved SOP, and if the pyrotechnic
material is wet, it shall be properly destroyed. Pyrotechnics should be handled with care
even when properly packed. Certain kinds of pyrotechnic material deteriorate with age, and
may have an expiration date on the containers. Care should be taken to observe the
directions for disposal of this material at the time indicated. Loose pyrotechnic tracer
composition, flare composition, and similar mixtures that have spilled from broken containers
should be carefully cleaned up by knowledgeable personnel and covered completely with
SAE 10 (E0-10) engine oil. Then take the material to the explosives burning ground for
(2) Loaded assemblies shall not be stored in operating buildings except for the minimum
quantities necessary to supply the operations. Measures will be taken to insure that the
service supply is not exposed to an incident which may occur during an assembly operation.