Eiffel Tower evacuated as man seen climbing the landmark

Monday - 20/05/2019 12:40
The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a man was seen scaling it on Monday, May 20, 2019.
The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a man was seen scaling it on Monday, May 20, 2019.
The Paris landmark has been evacuated and the police are on the scene.

Paris (CNN) - The Eiffel Tower in Paris is being evacuated after a man was seen climbing up the side of the structure on Monday afternoon, officials told CNN.

Visitors began tweeting pictures and videos of the individual climbing up the tower, which is 324 meters (1,062 feet) tall.
 
"The Eiffel Tower has been closed and is in the process of being evacuated because a person is scaling it," a spokeswoman for the landmark said.
 
Firefighters at the scene said they were in contact with the man.
Firefighters at the scene said they were in contact with the man.

Firefighters are at the scene and have established contact with the man climbing the tower, a spokesman for the fire brigade said.
Irish tourist Claire Murphy, who is on vacation in Paris, told CNN that the lockdown began at 2:15 p.m. local time and that she was still stuck on the tower's top floor.
 
People were stuck on the Eiffel Tower after a person scaled the landmark.
People were stuck on the Eiffel Tower after a person scaled the landmark.

Almost seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year. Completed in 1889, it was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel as part of a "Universal Exposition" marking the centenary of the French Revolution. It celebrated its 130th anniversary last week.
This isn't the first time someone has tried to scale the tower -- three people were spotted climbing the landmark in 2015. It was also evacuated twice in 2010 due to bomb threats, once in 2013 over security concerns and was closed for two days following the terror attacks in 2015.
In 2017, a protective glass wall, 65 millimeters thick and resistant to bullets, was erected around the base of the tower to provide increased security.

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