Diwali fireworks worsen Delhi’s hazardous air pollution
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Air pollution in New Delhi has spiked after India's biggest fireworks party of the year. Residents woke up to a pall of grey left behind by acrid smoke from fireworks that remained trapped in the city's cool air.
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