False alarm: Eiffel Tower reopens to tourists after evacuation

The tower was evacuated around 2pm local time and had not reopened to tourists by 4pm.


Reuters August 09, 2013
Built in 1889 and one of the world's most recognisable monuments, the Eiffel Tower sees some 7 million visitors each year and up to 30,000 a day in the peak summer season. PHOTO: AFP/FILE.

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Friday afternoon following a bomb alert that later turned out to be false, said a police official.

The 324-metre-high (1,062-foot) iron tower was evacuated around 2 p.m. (12:30 GMT) but is now open to tourists again.

The police official could give no further details.

Built in 1889 and one of the world's most recognisable monuments, the Eiffel Tower sees some 7 million visitors each year and up to 30,000 a day in the peak summer season.

It is regularly subject to bomb scares but these threats are usually found to be hoaxes and cause full evacuations only a couple of times a year.

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Sami | 8 years ago | Reply

West is afraid of itself right now..

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