Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Eiffel Tower evacuated as man caught climbing Paris landmark

Eiffel Tower evacuated as man caught climbing Paris landmark

Visitors to the tower were segregated into different levels as the security incident is unfolding.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was evacuated on Monday afternoon after a man tried to scale it.

The tower, one of the world's most recognisable landmarks, will be closed until further notice, the company added in a statement on its official Twitter handle.

Police and other emergency workers including firefighters in the French capital were immediately scrambled to the 900 feet structure, which has just celebrated its 130th anniversary.

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The tourists were evacuated from the tower after the incident that took place around 2:15 pm local time.

The esplanade underneath the monument was also evacuated.

"We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit". According to reports, a man began climbing at the second level, which is approximately 149 meters above the ground level.

A photo posted on Snapchat (left) appeared to show the man clinging to the side of the tower. In 2015, British "freerunner" James Kingston climbed the edifice without safety ropes and without permission, dodging security cameras as he went.

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