Eiffel Tower evacuated over telephone threat


A picture of the Eiffel Tower taken on January 17.

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's top tourist attractions, was evacuated Sunday following an unspecified telephone threat.

There were reports that a bomb threat had been called in, but authorities in Paris would not confirm details to AFP.

The tower was evacuated at about 3 p.m. local time and had not reopened to tourists by 5:30 p.m., according to Reuters.

The evacuation comes after a similar threat on Aug. 9.

In June, the monument was closed for two hours after a man threatened to commit suicide.

The Eiffel Tower is the world's most visited monument. It attracts up to 32,000 tourists daily, according to AFP.