Air pollution levels skyrocketed in New Delhi and left India’s capital shrouded in toxic smog as millions of Indians set off firecrackers the evening of Nov. 7 for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
The air quality index, or AQI, hit 980 at 4:30 a.m. Nov. 8, according to website AirVisual, which monitors air pollution around the world. The levels surged as people violated an order of the Supreme Court and burst firecrackers before and after a two-hour window set for the purpose. Readings below 50 are considered safe, while anything above 300 is considered hazardous.
The air quality...
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