An officer at the scene told the Associated Press that police did not find any signs of a bomb

By Rachel DeSantis
September 23, 2020 10:03 AM
Eiffel Tower
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The Eiffel Tower was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after someone called in a bomb threat to the popular Paris tourist attraction, according to reports.

An anonymous caller phoned police and claimed that a bomb had been placed somewhere inside the tower, the Associated Press reported.

All visitors were subsequently evacuated as a precautionary measure, a spokesperson for the company that runs the tower told The New York Times.

The surrounding area, including the streets below and a nearby bridge, were blockaded by police for about two hours, the AP reported.

An officer at the scene told the outlet that police did not find any signs of a bomb.

The Eiffel Tower reopened to the public in late June after spending three months closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

It was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair, and now receives more than 6 million visitors each year, according to its website.