Lag Ba’omer bonfires cause heavy air pollution through Israel

Despite the bright blue, sunny skies that much of Israel woke up to on Thursday morning, a fog of air pollution blanketed the country as a result of the previous night’s Lag Ba’omer bonfires.

Although the pollution concentrations peaked between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 4:30 a.m. Thursday at most Environmental Protection Ministry monitoring stations, the smell of burnt materials still lingered throughout the morning. Recording dramatic increases in the concentration of particles that can pass to the human respiratory tract, the stations showed particularly problematic levels of PM2.5 – fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less.


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