“1. Not more than fifty pounds of powder shall be transported in the city at one time, except by a military company, or in a vehicle constructed as the Engineer of the city shall prescribe.
2. The master of a vessel or steamer arriving in the port of Richmond with more than fifty pounds of powder on board, shall forthwith report the fact to the Harbor-Master, and take such berth as he shall assign.
3. The head man of a boat arriving in the city by the canal or river with more than fifty pounds of powder on board, shall forthwith report the fact to a police officer, and take such berth in the basin or canal as he shall direct. No fire shall be used on board of a boat having such quantity of powder on board.
4. When any person delivers more than fifty pounds of powder to a vessel, steamer or canal boat, he shall notify forthwith the Harbor-Master of such delivery to a vessel or steamer, and a police officer of such delivery to a canal boat. And the Harbor-Master shall assign a proper berth to the vessel or steamer, and the police officer shall do the same to the canal boat.
5. No person shall keep in the city longer than twenty-four hours more than two pounds of powder, except in tin canisters, or more than twenty-five pounds elsewhere than in a magazine, which shall be approved by the Council.
6. Violations of sections one, two, three, four and five by any person mentioned therein, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five nor more than fifty dollars.
7. The Committee on public grounds and buildings shall have supervision of the powder kept in or near the city, and may prescribe such regulations for the reception, storage, delivery and transportation of powder as the public safety requires. The Engineer of the city shall inspect annually the vehicles used for the transportation of powder, and report their condition to the said committee, who may require such changes and repairs to be made in the same as they deem necessary.”
The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Richmond (Richmond, VA: V.L. Fore, Printer, 1315 Main Street, 1869), 226-227. Ch. 62, Concerning Powder, §1-7.