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Sainsbury’s BANS sale of fireworks from all of its 2,300 stores

Sainsbury’s BANS sale of fireworks from all of its 2,300 stores due to fears for welfare of pets and the elderly

  • Sainsbury’s announced it will no longer stock fireworks due to welfare fears 
  • The store traditionally stocked fireworks ahead of Diwali and Guy Fawkes’ night
  • Animal welfare charities have called for a complete ban on fireworks sales 
  • Many people consider fireworks to be a public nuisance and a threat to safety 

Sainsbury’s is to stop selling fireworks following widespread concern for pets and the elderly.

The supermarket says it will carry no fireworks in any of its 2,300 branches this year.

And the move has been welcomed by shoppers and charities who say the bangers are outdated.

Sainsbury’s has announced it will not stock fireworks at any of its 2,300 stores ahead of Diwali and Guy Fawkes’ night because they scare animals and annoy the elderly 

Sainsbury's BANS sale of fireworks from all of its 2,300 stores

Hundreds of thousands of fireworks are sold each year in October and November and in the run up to New Year’s Eve

Shopper Sally Woolf praised Sainsbury's for its decision to ban fireworks from its stores

Shopper Sally Woolf praised Sainsbury’s for its decision to ban fireworks from its stores 

It is against the law to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on special occasions including Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve.

But some have called for a total ban because the loud bangs and flashing lights can be distressing for animals and older people and they are often linked to anti-social behaviour.

Sainsbury’s revealed the plan in a Tweet to concerned customer Sally Woolf.

Ms Woolf, of north west London, Tweeted the supermarket giant, saying: ‘@sainsburys Have to say well done & thank you.

‘Been informed local branch #Stanmore won’t be selling fireworks this year due 2 the distress it causes our pets & wildlife.

‘Any other stores doing this? Can’t thank you enough as my dog is beside herself with fear at these times.’

Sainsbury’s official Twitter account replied: ‘Hey Sally, thanks! We won’t be selling fireworks in any of our stores this year. Hope this helps!’

Ms Woolf then tagged other stores to urge them to follow suit.

She Tweeted: ‘Please note @asda @morrisons @Tesco @waitrose.

‘Sainsburys aren’t selling fireworks in any stores this year as it causes so much stress in pets, wildlife & kids. Please think about doing the same. #Diwali2019 doesn’t have 2b celebrate with fireworks, it’s a festival of light!’ 

Typically supermarkets and other general retail outlets sell fireworks in the October to November period and for New Year, but do not sell at the other periods in most areas.

Sainsbury’s is understood to be the first major retailer to carry a year-round ban.

Using or buying fireworks illegally can result in a £5,000 fine or imprisonment for up to six months.

Animal charities welcomed the move.

A spokesman for the Dogs Trust said: ‘We congratulate Sainsbury’s on their decision not to sell fireworks this year and would encourage others to do the same.

‘Although they can look beautiful, fireworks can be very distressing for dogs when let off unexpectedly, and because they are so easily accessible all year-round, dog owners are on tenterhooks as to when their beloved pooch will next be frightened.

‘A survey found over half of the British public think fireworks should be limited to public displays only.

‘To reduce the distress caused to dogs we would like their use restricted to licensed public displays at certain times of the year or organised events, which are well publicised. This will enable owners to take steps to prepare their dogs ahead of any fireworks events. Good for the dogs and good for firework fans.’

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson confirmed they would not be selling fireworks this year.

A spokesman said: ‘Fireworks are no longer available in our stores but customers can continue to choose from a range of seasonal products, such as glow sticks and light up spinning wands.’

The Co-Op confirmed it does not stock fireworks in its stores.  

MailOnline has contacted Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi, and Lidl for their position on the sale of fireworks.