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Saturday 16th November 2019

Sainsbury's bans the sale of fireworks in all of its stores due to welfare concerns for pets and the elderly

And the Great British public couldn't be happier!

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.

Sainsbury's has banned the sale of fireworks this year in all of its stores (Credit: Pexels)

"Fireworks are no longer available in our stores," a Sainsbury's rep said.

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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 is to protect the welfare of dogs who don't like loud bangs and the elderly (Credit: Pexels)

The move has been welcomed by shoppers and charities, with the loud bangs and flashing lights often distressing for animals and older people.

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It's also reported that fireworks are often linked to anti-social behaviour.

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 Dogs Trust welcomed the news (Credit: Pexels)

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.

Some people asked the other big supermarkets what their plans were and if they would be banning the sale of fireworks too.

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