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New Year Eve’s Fireworks Add to China’s Pollution Woes

By Ge Mingning, Liu Ximing and Coco Feng
Fireworks explode above Jingshan Park in Beijing on Jan. 27, Chinese New Year's Eve. Photo: CFP
Fireworks explode above Jingshan Park in Beijing on Jan. 27, Chinese New Year's Eve. Photo: CFP

(Beijing) — Within hours after the capital welcomed Lunar New Year with traditional celebrations involving hundreds of thousands of fireworks and firecrackers at midnight on Friday, smog had returned to Beijing’s skyline, and it engulfed the city all Saturday.

Another 182 cities around the country also saw their air pollution levels soar to dangerous levels amid the heavy use of fireworks amid light winds, where eight hours earlier, just 19 cities had reported serious smog, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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