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Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

The festival has been blamed for cloaking New Delhi and other cities in an unhealthy haze. But the ban has drawn plenty of criticism.
Firecrackers are set off on the eve of last year's Diwali festival. / STRINGER / Getty Images

India is set to celebrate Diwali this week.

But the holiday has morphed from a festival of lights, illuminated with clay lamps, to a festival of sound and fury.

It's estimated some 50,000 tons of fireworks are exploded during Diwali, which marks the homecoming of the Hindu god Lord Ram from exile. But

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