Published August 09, 2013
PARIS – France’s famous Eiffel Tower has reopened after being evacuated of all tourists and staff Friday, due to a bomb alert.
Reuters is reporting that hundreds of tourists evacuated the 1,062-foot iron tower around 2 p.m. (12:30 GMT ) in response to a bomb scare, according to police. But investigators found it to be just a scare and the tower was reopened two hours later.
Police sent a bomb disposal unit to inspect the iconic tower after an anonymous phone call triggered the alert. But the team didn't find anything suspicious, a police official said.
Built in 1889 and one of the world's most recognizable monuments, the Eiffel Tower sees about 7 million visitors a year and as many as 30,000 per day in the peak summer season.
It is regularly subject to bomb scares but these threats are usually quickly found to be hoaxes and only cause full evacuations a few times a year.
Reuters contributed to this report.