Delhi wakes up to 'hazardous' air as Supreme Court order on firecrackers flouted


A thick haze engulfed the national capital Wednesday night with the air quality deteriorating to the "hazardous" category as Delhiites continued burst firecrackers on Diwali long after the deadline set by the Supreme Court. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 302 at 11 pm, which further deterotiated overnight and reached 'hazardous' category in the morning on Thursday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The air quality started deteriorating rapidly from 7 pm. The AQI was 281 at 7 pm. It rose to 291 at 8 pm and further deteriorated to 294 at 9 pm and 296 at 10 pm, according to the CPCB.