Eiffel Tower evacuated after man climbs iconic structureMay 20, 2019
The Eiffel Tower was evacuated Monday and surrounding streets blocked off after a man was seen scaling the iconic landmark in the heart of Paris.
“The Eiffel Tower is currently closed until further notice. We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit,” a posting from the tower’s official Twitter account La tour Eiffel said.
The company that operates the 984-foot-tall tower, which just celebrated its 130th anniversary, said it was standard procedure to evacuate the tower under the circumstances.
“We have to stop the person, and in that case we evacuate the tower,” an SETE official told Agence France-Presse, adding that police were on the scene.
The esplanade underneath “The Iron Lady,” visited by some seven million people each year, also was evacuated.
Police have made contact with the climber but do not yet know why he began his climb through the iron beams, a police source told AFP.
In October 2017, the tower also was evacuated after a man ventured out onto one of the beams and threatened to commit suicide. Police were able to talk him to coming back.
In 2015, British “freerunner” James Kingston climbed the structure without safety ropes and without permission — dodging security cameras as he ascended.
The first two floors can be reached by either elevator or stairs, but only elevators can take visitors to the top observation deck.
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