Smog is a word derived from combining two words-smoke and fog. Historically the word is synonymous with the air pollution reputedly responsible for an estimated 4000 respiratory – linked deaths in the London area during the 1950s, when the smoke at that time from so many coal fires combined with fog, and with little or no wind, this hung over the capital for several days, partially obscuring the sun.

Today’s dense fog was mixed the stale smell of smoke which hung in the air around Wombourne-the aftermath of a feast of festive fireworks, and the annual Himley bonfire-which last night brought the inevitable road congestion along the A449 Wolverhampton-Stourbridge Road.

This morning the visibility range along the Wom Brook in Wombourne extended to 50 metres and no more. Strange shapes loomed out of the gloom that seemed to saturate everywhere. The accompanying all-enveloping silence was only punctuated by the nervous call of blackbirds, warning other birds away from their territory-almost like ships and lighthouses do in similar weather conditions.

It remains to be seen whether another two nights of possible fireworks displays will cause a repeat of this morning’s ‘smog’!

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