A law regulating gunpowder, General Ordinances, Chapter 61—Powder, §§ 555-5571 in The Ordinances of the City of Norfolk, VA (Date of Enactments Including May 29th, 1902) (1894).
“Sec. 555. Amount of gunpowder allowed to be kept—Application to the mayor for permission to keep same—Duty of chief engineer of fire department—Penalty—Proviso.
No person shall keep, in any house or store, any quantity of gunpowder exceeding two kegs or vessels thereof, of the weight of twenty-five pounds each, and before such person shall have this privilege, he shall make an application, in writing, to the mayor, for permission to do so, to be approved by the chief engineer of the fire department. The chief engineer shall keep a list of all permits granted, and, for any violation of this section, such person shall pay a fine of twenty dollars, one-half of which shall go to the informer; and the person offending shall not be permitted to keep the said amount of powder thereafter without the consent of the councils; provided, that nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prevent any person from keeping, in any one house, as much as two pounds of powder for such private purposes as may be proper. Ord. 1894.
Sec. 556. How powder to be transported—Penalty.
No person shall carry, in any dray, or other carriage, or in any other manner, any quantity of gunpowder exceeding two pounds, in or through the city, unless the same shall be secured in good bags, and covered with a sail or other cloth, under the penalty of five dollars for every barrel, half barrel, cask, or keg so carried; provided, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent any person or company from transporting (directly, and without stopping or switching) powder through the city in sealed cars. One-half of all fines and penalties incurred under this ordinance shall go to the informer and the other half to the city. Ord. 1894.
Sec. 557. Arrival of powder to be reported.
All arrivals of powder in the city shall be reported to the chief of the fire department by the powder inspector[.] Ord. 1894.”
1894, Norfolk, VA, General Ordinances, Chapter 61—Powder, §§ 555-557
H. N. Poulson and R. E. Steed, eds., The Ordinances of the City of Norfolk, VA (Date of Enactments Including May 29th, 1902) With the Amended Charter, Acts of Assembly Relating to City Government and an Appendix (Norfolk, VA: Burke & Gregory, 1902), 260. General Ordinances, Chapter 61—Powder, §§ 555-557. Ord. 1894.