Beijing, Bracing for 5 Days of Heavy Pollution, Issues Red Alert

Heavy smog blanketed Beijing on Friday, moving in from the industrial heartland of surrounding Hebei Province. Credit Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

BEIJING — A thick layer of deep gray smog swept into Beijing on Friday afternoon, bringing what the authorities said would be five days of the worst air pollution in a year.

The city issued its first red alert for air pollution of 2016, the most severe notice in a four-tier system, requiring schools to close and half of all privately owned cars to stay off the roads.

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