Sainsbury’s bans sale of fireworks

Fireworks will not be sold in any Sainsbury's stores

Friday, October 18, 2019

British supermarket Sainsbury’s has banned the sale of fireworks in all of its 2,300 stores, with just three weeks to go until bonfire night.

The retailer told talkRADIO the decision to stop selling the products was based on a "range of factors" that were "commercially sensitive".

A spokesperson 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.”

While the exact reasons for the ban remain unclear, some say it is in response to concerns over animal welfare.

Charity Dogs Trust congratulated Sainsbury’s on the move.

“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 Dogs Trust spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, a survey of 16,000 people in Scotland found the majority supported a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public.

Respondents raised concerns over the devices being used in inappropriate places, such as back gardens, in built-up areas and on streets.

Others feared fireworks were being used as "weapons" against the emergency services.

Last year, a group of leading plastic surgeons called on the government to put graphic photographs of injuries caused by the explosives on packaging as a warning to users.

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) said that 4,436 people in England attended A&E because of a firework-related injury in 2017 - more than double the number from 2009/10.

Tesco, Asda and Aldi have all said they will continue to sell the products, while Co-op said it has not sold them for the past five years and has no plans to bring them back.

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