The mysterious black smoke of Ciudad Juarez.

Years ago, this was not the scene across the border. Then again, there wasn’t a war going on between two drug cartels and the Mexican federal government either.

I asked an El Paso local about the smoke so frequently observed on the other side. All he could say was, “We’re not sure, but the smoke is always black in Mexico.”

Is it tires? I mean, I’m a little fire bug. You can’t get this level of pure black using wood. It’s unnatural. There are no white plumes or grey shading or even red flames. Just black smoke. Yikes.

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