||The Federal Explosives License or permit is commonly referred to as an "FEL". A Federal Firearms License (FFL) is NOT acceptable for purchase of these devices.
To apply for an FEL:
Go to the ATF website:
and download "ATF Form 5400.13".
Submit your completed application, 2-inch photo(s), fingerprint card(s), and applicable fee to the ATF at the address listed at the top of page 6. The application will be referred to the nearest ATF field office for review and facility inspection. You should be contacted in 30 -60 days.
Our tips for completing form 5400.13 (as applies to Bird Bombs® and Shell Crackers only) :
- Page 1, items 1-10: To obtain a fingerprint identification card, ATF directs you to inquire with your local law enforcement agency.
- Page 2, item 11: Enter your (and/or your employees') personal information as indicated.
- Page 3, item 12: Decide which license/permit you are applying for, check the "Other" box, and enter "EPCD" on the blank line. We recommend the $100 "User of Explosives" permit (see permit comparison below).
"User of Explosives"
Fee is $100. Good for 3 years, renewable for $50. Upon approval, send a copy of your permit to Sutton Ag. Your purchases of Bird Bombs® or Shell Crackers will be valid until the permit expires.
"User (Limited) of Explosives"
Fee is $75. Good for 1 year, not renewable. Upon approval, you'll receive your permit coupons allowing up to 6 purchases in 1 year. We've found the coupon system is complicated and requires even more recordkeeping.
"Limited Permit (Intrastate Only)"
Fee is $25. Good for 1 year, renewable for $12. This permit also allows for 6 purchases within the year, but must be purchased and used within the state. To buy from Sutton Ag, this is only an option of you reside in California. We've found the coupon system is complicated and requires even more recordkeeping.
- Page 3, item 13: Inquire with your local authorities.
- Page 5/Explosives Storage Magazine Description Worksheet: If you plan to store your Bird Bombs® or Shell Crackers in one of Sutton Ag's EPCD Storage Magazines, we will provide a partially completed magazine description worksheet. You will only need to add your personal information as indicated. If you plan to use a magazine not supplied by Sutton Ag, we can help you complete the worksheet (your local ATF office can also help).
Sutton Ag is the U.S. exclusive distributor of Zink-Feuerwerk brand pyrotechnic bird control devices.
All pyrotechnic devices (Bird Bombs®, Bird Bangers, Bird Whistlers®, Shell Crackers) purchased from Sutton Agricultural Enterprises, Inc. are to be used for bird control / wildlife pest control only. Any other use is strictly prohibited.
You must comply with all federal, state, and local regulations before purchasing these products.
The buyer(s) and user(s) of these devices must be qualified personnel 21 years of age or older.