August 9, 2013 / 2:12 PM / 4 years ago

Eiffel Tower reopens after bomb scare

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.

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

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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