Britain is set to run out of fireworks on Bonfire Night.
Experts have warned the UK is only getting a third of its normal supply as main manufacturer China has cut production due to Covid.
That has caused prices to soar – with the cost of a large crate of fireworks jumping from £5,770 to £21,000. Shipping prices from the Far East have rocketed too.
As a result, Britain’s entire stockpile is set to go up in smoke on November 5. And that will mean there will be none left for New Year’s Eve.
Lawrence Black, secretary of the British Fireworks Association, said: “It’s a perfect storm.
“Everyone here is down on orders. We’re probably getting a third less than what we ordered.
“It’s a really worrying year for the industry. There will be gaps on the shelves within the firework world.’’
Chris Clarke, general manager of supplier Big In Fireworks, added: “The shipping lines are so far behind, we’re just not getting stock into the country in time.
“As an importer, you just can’t get it in.
“I don’t think there’ll be any fireworks left after Bonfire Night for new year.’’
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Children could miss out on must-have Christmas toys too, as Chinese manufacturers are hit by the same problems.
Ikea has said it is struggling to meet the high demand for some of its products, especially mattresses, as people buy new furniture for the homes they spent much more time in during lockdown.
The Swedish furniture giant revealed: “Like many retailers, we are experiencing ongoing challenges with our supply chains.”
At the very beginning of the pandemic, there was also a sex doll shortage due to problems in Chinese factories.
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Factory workers were quarantined after Chinese New Year in 2020, meaning that anyone hoping to acquire an inflatable companion for lockdown would be disappointed.
Jade Stanley, who runs doll rental business Sex Doll Official, said at the time: "They've gone home, been quarantined and been unable to return to factories.
"People who buy these products are often people who can't – or don't want to – go out a lot.
"That's especially so with coronavirus.
"We are having an awful lot of phone calls.”
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