Bomb alert at Eiffel Tower is false: Paris police

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Paris - A "suspicious package" which caused mass evacuation at the Eiffel Tower late on Wednesday turned out to be a false alarm yet again, say Paris police.

Before this one, the most popular tourism site in Paris had already experienced several evacuations due to bomb alerts. The previous three were all proved to be hoaxes.

Some 4 000 people were evacuated around 18pm local time from the Paris icon after an anonymous call reported a "suspicious package" in the Tower. 

Paris security personnel found the unclaimed package at the foot of the tower, but it was apparently not a bomb.

On 26 February, anonymous phone calls reported of bombs in the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower, another landmark of Paris. Emergency evacuations were conducted at the two sites, but nothing was found afterward in operations by the security personnel.