Sainsbury’s becomes first supermarket to stop selling fireworks

News / Mon 18th Oct 2021 at 11:53am

SAINSBURY’S has become the first major supermarket to stop selling fireworks at its 2,300 stores across the UK reports the BBC.

The company said it made the decision following a regular yearly review of all its products.

Last year, a petition to ban the public sale of fireworks to protect animals, children and people with a phobia attracted more than 300,000 signatures. 

Pet-owners welcomed Sainsbury’s decision with many tweeting that other supermarkets should follow suit.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s declined to detail why the supermarket will no longer sell fireworks, stating that it was commercially sensitive.

Tesco and Asda said they would continue to sell fireworks.

Catherine Shuttleworth, chief executive and founder of Savvy Marketing, also said that selling fireworks was “a really expensive way of doing retail in supermarkets”.

She said: “When you go and buy your fireworks, obviously they are not on a shelf anywhere in the store. They tend to be in a glass cabinet that’s locked up and a member of staff has to go and unlock that cabinet every single time you want to buy fireworks.”

She also said the customer’s age has to be checked because it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18. In addition, the supermarket cannot send back any unsold products to the distributor, “and they are quite dangerous to keep in the back of shops, which are busy places”.

A petition last year calling for a ban, which gained 307,897 signatures, said that fireworks “injure thousands of people every year” and “cause damage to buildings, vehicles, [and] emergency vehicles”.

In response, the government said it “takes the issue of safety of fireworks very seriously. Legislation is in place to control their sale, use and misuse. We have no plans to change legislation”.

One healthcare professional said on Twitter: “Just came here to say a huge thank you and praise to Sainsbury’s for the decision to not sell fireworks this year. It is not just the animals who suffer but anyone who is unwell or has a condition like autism.”

Scottish National Party MP Alison Thewliss tweeted: “Really pleased to see Sainsbury’s have taken the responsible decision to stop selling fireworks. I hope other retailers follow suit.”

A recent consultation in Scotland over the sale of fireworks to the public found that there was support for tougher controls on the selling and use of the products.

Of the 16,000 people who responded, 94% wanted tighter controls on the sale of fireworks and 87% supported an outright ban on the sale of fireworks.

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4 Comments for Sainsbury’s becomes first supermarket to stop selling fireworks:

2021-10-18 14:50:02

If you own a pet, worry a child may get harmed by a firework, well maybe it’s time to take your business away from Asda and Tesco’s and start shopping in Sainsbury’s and other retailers who don’t sell them, morals over greed, come on Asda and Tesco’s show you care.

2021-10-18 16:45:11

Good move

2021-10-18 17:45:25

If you actually fact check the figures you mentioned in the petition you will find that fireworks do not injure thousands of people every year, far more people are injured by their own pets than fireworks. The real reason for Sainsbury's to stop selling fireworks is just down to the financial cost in selling them, fireworks need to be stored in a locked iso container at each store plus the cost of having one or more members of staff tied up because of the way that they have to be sold to members of the public.

2021-10-19 04:57:38

Fireworks are explosives , they should not be sold to the general public. Licensed events but not in shops alongside sweets and washing powder. Every year at least one child gets his face blown off. That's reason enough.

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