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

Topic |   Beijing air pollution
Heavy smog outside the Forbidden City in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: AFP 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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