Eiffel Tower reopens after bomb scare

PARIS Fri Aug 9, 2013 4:18pm BST

An aerial view shows the Eiffel Tower (C), the Seine River and the Paris skyline on July 14, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

An aerial view shows the Eiffel Tower (C), the Seine River and the Paris skyline on July 14, 2013.

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PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Paris' Eiffel Tower on Friday afternoon in response to a bomb alert, but it was found to be a scare and the tower was reopened two hours later, police told Reuters.

Police sent a bomb disposal unit to inspect the monument after an anonymous phone call triggered the alert around 2 p.m. (1 p.m. British time), but the team found nothing suspicious and the tower was reopened, a police official said.

Built in 1889, the 324-metre-high (1,062-foot) iron tower sees some 7 million visitors each year and up to 30,000 a day in the peak summer season.

The tower is regularly subject to bomb scares but the threats only cause full evacuations a couple of times a year.

(Reporting by Natalie Huet; Editing by Catherine Bremer and Sonya Hepinstall)

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