The following words and phrases used in this article shall have the following meanings:
(1) ACT. Alabama Explosives Safety Act of 1993.
(2) BLAST. The firing or detonating of explosives.
(3) BLASTER. A person qualified by reason of training, knowledge, and experience to design, supervise, or detonate explosives in blasting operations, who has obtained a valid blaster certification card issued by the office.
(4) BLASTING CONTRACTOR. A person employed, hired, or contracted by a client or other person to plan, organize, supervise, and conduct blasting operations.
(5) BLASTING OPERATION. The use of explosives in the blasting of stone, rock, or any other natural formation, or in any construction, quarry work, or demolition of man-made structures.
(6) BLASTING PRIVILEGES. Blasting certification, blasting contractor licensing, and blasting permits.
(7) EXPLOSIVES. Any chemical compound or other substance or mechanical system intended for the purpose of producing an explosion, or that contains oxidizing and combustible units, or other ingredients, in such proportions or quantities that ignition by detonation may produce an explosion, capable of causing injury to persons or damage to property.
(8) ISSUING AUTHORITY. A municipality or other governmental entity authorized to issue permits and conduct the duties provided by this article.
(9) LICENSE. An authorization issued pursuant to Section 8-17-247 that identifies persons eligible to do business as a blasting contractor or a quarry operator where explosives will be involved in blasting operations.
(10) OFFICE. The State Fire Marshal's Office.
(11) PERMIT. A municipal explosives use permit.
(12) SEISMOGRAPH. An instrument designed to measure and record the surface vibrations produced by blasting in three mutually perpendicular (transverse, vertical, and longitudinal) directions. The instrument may also have the capability of measuring and recording air blast over-pressure produced by blasting.