Bonfire night celebrations have divided pet owners and fireworks users as 2,000 Sheffielders signed a petition to ban fireworks from general sale.

The petition says: “Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks… please help me stop the needless sale of them to the public!”

The petition closes just after midnight tonight and has over 250,000 signatures meaning it will be considered in parliament.

Owner of four cats, Rob Gray of School Road, Crookes said his pets are “petrified” of the fireworks.

He said: “They run around the house they don’t know what to do with themselves.”

Mr Gray, 21, said there should be restricted areas and times to use fireworks rather than a complete ban.

“Set your fireworks off but you need to do it at Bole Hills or if you do it in your garden you have to give your neighbours a few days warning.

“People need to understand that there is a conflict of interest with pet owners, people want to set off fireworks and a lot of these people will be pet owners too.”

This week has seen reports of pets dying as a result of use of the pyrotechnics around the country.

A spokesperson from Broomhill Veterinary Practice said: “We like to support people whose pets are frightened by the fireworks. A lot of our clients are very stressed and request calming products to cope at this time of year.”

They added: “We advise pet owners to drown out the bangs with the television or radio, keep their pet company if they need reassurance or leave them alone if they want solitude.

“They should ensure their animals are microchipped and the details are up to date, walk dogs in the daylight rather than after dark, keep doors and windows closed, help them feel safe by making a den and  to seek advice from a vet about calming remedies.”

The practice would support more stringent restrictions on when fireworks are allowed to be set off.

The spokesperson said: “Having specific dates and specific times would mean that at least pet owners can prepare rather than having it weeks before and after fireworks night.”

If you are concerned about an animals’ welfare, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999