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By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press

Beijing schools close, cars kept off roads as China’s capital issues its 1st smog red alert

BEIJING Schools closed and rush-hour roads were much quieter than normal as Beijing’s first-ever red alert for smog took effect Tuesday, closing many factories and invoking restrictions to keep half the city’s vehicles off the roads.

Beijing issues its 1st smog red alert, urging schools to close, restricting traffic, factories

Beijing issued its first-ever red alert for smog on Monday, urging schools to close and invoking restrictions on factories and traffic that will keep half of the city’s vehicles off the roads.

The red alert the most serious warning on a four-tier system adopted a little over two years ago — means authorities have forecast more than three consecutive days of severe smog.