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Sainsbury's has made the decision to stop selling fireworks in all of its 2,300 stores amid widespread concerns that they can cause distress to pets and elderly people.
The supermarket will not sell fireworks for Bonfire Night this year. It was revealed via a tweet in which they replied to a customer who had questioned whether fireworks would be on sale.
At the moment it's against the law to set fireworks off between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire Night when the cut off is midnight, and on New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year when fireworks can be set off until 1am.
However, some have said that fireworks should be banned completely, with the loud noises and flashes causing stress to pets and their owners, as well as vulnerable people.
The ban seems to have been widely praised on social media, with many calling for other supermarkets to follow suit.
A Sainsbury's spokesperson told LADbible: "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 move has also been welcomed by Dogs Trust, which told LADbible: "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!"
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