- The Eiffel Tower in Paris was evacuated and temporarily closed to the public Monday afternoon when a man dressed in all black started scaling the 1,063-foot-tall structure.
- Just before 10 p.m. local time, AFP confirmed in a tweet that the unidentified climber had been “grabbed by police.”
- Photos from the ground showed the climber earlier in the day, not far from the top of the tower, with emergency workers rappelling down to talk to him. It’s unclear why the man decided to climb the tower.
A man who prompted the closure of the Eiffel Tower on Monday when he started to climb the Paris landmark is now in police custody after reaching the top of the 1,063-foot-tall tower, according to the BBC.
Just before 10 p.m. local time, AFP tweeted that the unnamed man had been “grabbed by police.”
Photos from earlier in the day showed emergency workers in red jumpsuits rapelling down the side of the tower to speak with the man, who was dressed in all black and hanging from the tower’s beams.
It’s still unclear why he started climbing the structure to begin with.
The monument had to close while authorities got the situation under control
???????? La #tourEiffel est actuellement fermée jusqu'à nouvel ordre. Pour éviter une trop longue attente, nous conseillons à nos visiteurs de reporter leur visite.
???????? The Eiffel Tower is currently closed until further notice. We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit.
— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) May 20, 2019
Witnesses started posting photos of the climber around 2 p.m., but it wasn’t until around 5 p.m. that the group that runs the tourist attraction tweeted that the tower was “closed until further notice” and that visitors should “postpone their visit.”
The tower and the esplanade below were cleared of tourists while emergency workers dealt with the rogue climber.
“A climber has been spotted. It’s the standard procedure: We have to stop the person, and in that case we evacuate the tower,” a building official later told AFP.
A tower spokeswoman told Reuters that the man “entered the tower normally and started to climb once he was on the second floor.”
Tourists can take the stairs of the elevator to the Eiffel Tower’s first platform. But only an elevator is allowed to reach the top of the tower.
Visitors were not pleased
There's a man currently climbing the Eiffel Tower
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) May 20, 2019
WHY WOULD YOU CLIMB UP THE EIFFEL TOWER pic.twitter.com/wynQOUl2vR
— Paige (@PaigeMcSorley) May 20, 2019
just having a picnic in the park when we notice there is literally a guy dangling from the eiffel tower pic.twitter.com/Crbo148rsi
— ???? ???? ???? ???? (@sp00kydime) May 20, 2019
The Eiffel Tower celebrated its 130th anniversary last week.
The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
It’s one of the most visited monument in the world, with some 7 million visitors a year.
The tower was evacuated in October 2017 when a man climbed out onto one of the beams and threatened to commit suicide. Police persuaded him to come down, according to The Local.
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