Firework sellers furious as non-essential shop closure hits sparkler sales

Sparklers will not be banned. Photo: DutchNews.nl
Sparklers have not been banned but where can you buy them? Photo: Depositphotos.com

Firework sellers are unable to sell even the lightest category of fireworks this year because they are not classed as essential shops, the Dutch pyrotechnics association has told the AD.

The government banned the sale of all category two and above fireworks this year but said the lowest category, which includes sparklers, can be sold. But this too is now out of the question because of the shop closures, Marcel Teunissen told the paper.

Drive-through initiatives have also been banned and although online sales are an option, fireworks cannot be delivered by normal means, ruling that out too, Teunissen said.

‘We can’t do a thing,’ Teunissen said. Supermarkets, meanwhile, are able to sell their stocks of sparklers and other small fireworks, much to the fury of traders.

The government has promised compensation to firework sellers following the imposition of the nationwide ban but has not yet said if that will be extended to cover the lowest class.

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