Eiffel Tower reopens after bomb scare

Tourists stroll on the Trocadero square, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Friday afternoon following a bomb alert, a police official told Reuters. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTER
Tourists stroll on the Trocadero square, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Friday afternoon following a bomb alert, a police official told Reuters. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - Hundreds of tourists were evacuated from Paris’ Eiffel Tower on Friday afternoon in response to a bomb alert, but it was found to be a scare and the tower was reopened two hours later, police told Reuters.

Police sent a bomb disposal unit to inspect the monument after an anonymous phone call triggered the alert around 2pm local time.

But the team found nothing suspicious and the tower was reopened, a police official said.

Built in 1889, the 324-metre-high iron tower sees some 7 million visitors each year and up to 30,000 a day in the peak summer season.

The tower is regularly subject to bomb scares but the threats only cause full evacuations a couple of times a year.