Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has announced that it has banned the sale of fireworks in all of its 2,300 stores.
A spokesperson revealed the store had made the decision due to welfare concerns for the elderly and pets.
The store had traditionally stocked fireworks ahead of Diwali and Guy Fawkes' night.
"Fireworks are no longer available in our stores," a Sainsbury's rep said.
They added: "Customers can continue to choose from a range of seasonal products, such as glow sticks and light up spinning wands."
In the UK, it's illegal to set off fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am – except on occasions such as New Year's Eve and Bonfire Night.
The move has been welcomed by shoppers and charities, with the loud bangs and flashing lights often distressing for animals and older people.
It's also reported that fireworks are often linked to anti-social behaviour.
Hi there, I’m really hoping I’ve heard correctly and Sainsbury’s are not selling fireworks this year? My son was a victim of firework misuse on his bus last year! Therefore if this news were true I’d be delighted and commend you!!! Thank you
— Ashley Gordon (@Gordonmummy) October 17, 2019
Confirmed the news on Twitter, Sainsbury's said they wouldn't be "selling fireworks in any of our stores this year".
A spokesperson for the Dogs Trust welcomed the news and said: 'We congratulate Sainsbury's on their decision not to sell fireworks this year and would encourage others to do the same."
We congratulate Sainsbury's on their decision not to sell fireworks this year and would encourage others to do the same.
They added: "Although they can look beautiful, fireworks can be very distressing for dogs when let off unexpectedly."
The rep continued: "To reduce the distress caused to dogs we would like their use restricted to licensed public displays, which are well publicised. This will enable owners to take steps to prepare their dogs ahead of any fireworks events."
Shoppers also commented on the news, with many welcoming the ban.
@sainsburys Have to say well done & thank you. Been informed local branch #Stanmore won’t b 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. 👏🏻👏🏻
— Sally Woolf (@Sallymcb) October 14, 2019
— Trish (@trishrebel) October 17, 2019
Thank you so much Sainsbury’s for not selling fireworks in any of your stores 🙏🙏@sainsburys
— Kim Matthews (@kimmymat) October 16, 2019
Some people asked the other big supermarkets what their plans were and if they would be banning the sale of fireworks too.
— Michelle Smith (@MichellefromFY7) October 17, 2019
Well done Sainsbury’s for banning sales of fireworks let’s hope the other supermarkets follow
— Karen Robins (@KarenRobins37) October 17, 2019
This is fantastic news Sainsbury’s. Very impressed and grateful at your stance on the sale of fireworks. Now the rest need to follow suit. 👏👍
— Melissa Moremon (@melissamoremon) October 17, 2019
Well done @sainsburys 👏
I dread this time of year for Our poor wildlife, animals & also dogs on the streets!!
Let’s hope the great action of Sainsbury’s will catch on around other stores!
— Dogs On The Streets (@dotslondon) October 16, 2019
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