October 9, 2005

Hoax causes French police to evacuate Eiffel Tower

PARIS (Reuters) - French police briefly evacuated tourists
from the Eiffel Tower on Sunday following an anonymous bomb
threat that proved to be a false alarm, police said.

A spokeswoman for Paris police said the famous landmark was
evacuated around 1330 GMT after a caller said there was a bomb.
The public was allowed back some 90 minutes later.

It was not immediately clear how many people had been on
the 324-meter (1,063 ft) structure at the time of the alert.

Around six million people a year climb the Eiffel Tower, a
symbol of the French capital that was built in 1889 for the
International Exhibition of Paris commemorating the centenary
of the French Revolution.

The tower weighs 10,100 tonnes and was the world's largest
building until 1930.