Eiffel Tower evacuated after threat call

The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Sunday afternoon following a threatening phone call, a police official told Reuters.

hidden October 14, 2013 07:26:28 IST
Eiffel Tower evacuated after threat call

The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Sunday afternoon following a threatening phone call, a police official told Reuters.

Eiffel Tower evacuated after threat call

Reuters

The 324-metre-high (1,062-foot) iron tower was evacuated around 3 p.m. (9.00 a.m. ET) and had not reopened to tourists by 5.30 p.m. The sector around it was fully cleared, the police official said. He could give no further details.

Built in 1889 and one of the world's most recognizable 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 which are usually quickly found to be hoaxes and only cause full evacuations a couple of times a year.

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