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Bomb Threat Triggers Eiffel Tower Evacuation

Paris: Police evacuated some 2,000 people from the Eiffel Tower and the park surrounding the Paris landmark on Tuesday  night following a bomb alert, the police said."The company managing the Eiffel Tower received an anonymous
PTI September 15, 2010 12:07 IST
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Paris: Police evacuated some 2,000 people from the Eiffel Tower and the park surrounding the Paris landmark on Tuesday  night following a bomb alert, the police said.

"The company managing the Eiffel Tower received an anonymous telephone call around 8:20 pm (1820 GMT)," a Paris police official said.

"Special units, one with sniffer dogs, went to the site to search the Eiffel Tower floor by floor," the official said.
The 324-metre (1,063-feet) high tower has three floors open to visitors and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world.

The tower, which also has two restaurants, normally closes at 11:00 pm.

A police officer earlier said about 25,000 people were in the area at the time of the alert.
 
The evacuation began shortly before 9:00 pm.

The people evacuated, mostly French and foreign tourists, were asked to stay on the nearby Seine river banks and the Champ de Mars park to the east, and the tower area was cordoned off.