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Court stops firecracker sales in New Delhi to curb pollution

  • FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2016 file photo, Indians walk to work as Delhi traffic police officers manage an intersection enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali festival in New Delhi, India. India's top court on Friday, Nov. 25, stopped firecracker sales in and around New Delhi as the worst season for air pollution begins. The fireworks set off during the Hindu festival of Diwali in September caused measurements of tiny lung-clogging particulate matter PM 2.5 to reach dangerous levels above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2016 file photo, Indians walk to work as Delhi traffic police officers manage an intersection enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali festival in New Delhi, India. India's top court on Friday, Nov. 25, stopped firecracker sales in and around New Delhi as the worst season for air pollution begins. The fireworks set off during the Hindu festival of Diwali in September caused measurements of tiny lung-clogging particulate matter PM 2.5 to reach dangerous levels above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016 file photo, people play with firecrackers to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India. India's top court on Friday, Nov. 25, stopped firecracker sales in and around New Delhi as the worst season for air pollution begins. The fireworks set off during the Hindu festival of Diwali in September caused measurements of tiny lung-clogging particulate matter PM 2.5 to reach dangerous levels above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016 file photo, people play with firecrackers to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Mumbai, India. India's top court on Friday, Nov. 25, stopped firecracker sales in and around New Delhi as the worst season for air pollution begins. The fireworks set off during the Hindu festival of Diwali in September caused measurements of tiny lung-clogging particulate matter PM 2.5 to reach dangerous levels above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2016 file photo, children play with firecrackers on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at an orphanage in Jammu, India. India's top court on Friday, Nov. 25, stopped firecracker sales in and around New Delhi as the worst season for air pollution begins. The fireworks set off during the Hindu festival of Diwali in September caused measurements of tiny lung-clogging particulate matter PM 2.5 to reach dangerous levels above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2016 file photo, children play with firecrackers on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at an orphanage in Jammu, India. India's top court on Friday, Nov. 25, stopped firecracker sales in and around New Delhi as the worst season for air pollution begins. The fireworks set off during the Hindu festival of Diwali in September caused measurements of tiny lung-clogging particulate matter PM 2.5 to reach dangerous levels above 300 micrograms per cubic meter. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

India's top court has stopped firecracker sales in and around New Delhi as the worst season for air pollution begins.

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the government-run Central Pollution Control Board to study and report in six months on the harm caused by the materials in firecrackers.

The court ordered the federal government not to renew licenses of firecracker sellers until further orders.

New Delhi's air pollution is among the world's worst and peaks in because of weak winds and the countless fires people set to stay warm.

The fireworks set off during the Hindu festival of Diwali in September caused measurements of tiny lung-clogging particulate matter to reach dangerous levels above 300 micrograms per cubic meter.