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Diwali in Delhi: A colourful night turns smoggy grey

Diwali celebrations in the Indian capital Delhi have seen air pollution rise to hazardous levels after many firecrackers were set off.

Residents awoke from a night of colourful fireworks to find the city covered in a thick grey blanket of smog and authorities warned that pollution levels were critically high.

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Image caption Diwali, the most important Hindu festival in India, celebrates the victory of good over evil
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Image caption Fire crackers are an integral part of celebrations and are set off in vast quantities
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Image caption Campaigns asking people to reduce their use of fire crackers have drawn little to no response
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Image caption On Monday, Delhi was enveloped in a thick blanket of smog
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Image caption Levels of particulate matter in the air hazardous to health rose to nearly 10 times the safe limit of 100
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Image caption Angry Indians shared pictures of smog-filled roads as they drove to work

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