Police received an anonymous phone call warning that a bomb had been planted at the world famous monument shortly before noon local time on Wednesday.
Eyewitness footage from the scene showed armed police sealing off the area and establishing a security perimeter while sniffer dogs and bomb disposal technicians searched the area, but ultimately found nothing, declaring the threat a hoax.
“Following an anonymous call received by the police about the presence of a bomb at the monument, the Eiffel Tower was fully evacuated at 12:15 today (…)”, the site’s operator said in a statement.
“In accordance with the procedures, police carried out searches and checks on the whole of the Tower. The monument reopened its doors at 2:15 pm.”