Heavy smog outside the Forbidden City in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AFP
Heavy smog outside the Forbidden City in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Lunar New Year fireworks blamed as heavy smog blankets Chinese capital

  • Beijing and dozens of other cities record high levels of deadly particles with air quality indexes of more than 200
  • Many factories are shut for the holiday but the authorities say firecrackers set off to celebrate the Year of the Ox are responsible

Heavy smog outside the Forbidden City in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AFP
Heavy smog outside the Forbidden City in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AFP
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