Sainsbury's has decided to restrict the sale of fireworks once more due to the substantial impact they have on pets and humans. Three years ago, the government issued a petition asking whether stores should ban the sale and usage of fireworks for the sake of pet safety, human safety, and so on. This petition was active for 6 months and received over 300,000 signatures in support. However, the government determined that restricting or prohibiting the usage of fireworks would be inappropriate.

Sainsbury's recently announced a ban on selling fireworks just days before Bonfire Night; however other supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldi, and Asda have decided to continue selling fireworks to the public.

Sainsbury's have said “Customers can continue to choose from a range of seasonal products”. Employees were approached in order to gain more insight; however, most employees were new to the job or were too shy to clarify things. Because of Covid and quarantining, most of the young adults approached were socially awkward because they hadn't been socialising with each other for the past year or so and had instead been face timing or conversing through phones.

Fireworks, according to, can be a source of fear and distress for many animals. When they hear fireworks, over 45 percent of animals show signs of panic. The chemicals in fireworks can also be harmful to cats, pets, and people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Sainsbury has decided to prevent the sale of fireworks for the third year in a row and may do so in the future.