Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb scare

by Tiffany Millar on March 25, 2011

Thousands of tourists had to be evacuated from the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday after a suspicious package and telephone call prompted fears of a terrorist attack. The famous Parisian landmark was left deserted when a caller rang the police claiming the 1,063ft-tower would be blown up. A Package was also found underneath the rafters.

French military and police scoured the whole area for any devices while the surrounding park was cordoned off. The package was found to contain no explosives and the tower has since reopened.

Tourists were allowed back beneath the tower around two hours after the evacuation, with the ticket office opening again shortly after that. The scare has followed a number of threats against France since the UN agreed on a no fly zone in Libya.

It is thought that French capital’s biggest tourist attraction would be seen as a prime target for Al Qaeda terrorists looking to take revenge for the current Libyan bombing campaign. The tower, which is the height of an 81-story building, would cause devastation to Paris if blown up and no doubt cost the lives of thousands of tourists who visit the famous site every day.

The Eiffel Tower was also evacuated in September 2010 due to a similar terrorist threat. After a phone call alleging that the landmark and the Saint Michel RER train station were targets, the monument and the surrounding park were completely cleared.

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