Eiffel Tower closes after an intruder attempts to climb up the Paris landmark

By May 21, 2019Current

TL;DR – By the way, the tower is 324 metres tall (about 81-storey high).

A man was taken into custody by the police for climbing the Eiffel Tower, a landmark in Paris, without any safety equipment.

According to report, the man, who has not yet been identified and whose motives remained unclear, clung to the Parisian landmark for more than six hours on Monday (20 May).

The intruder had apparently entered the tower normally and started to climb once he was on the second floor.

A team of firefighters, including a climbing specialist, were deployed to the scene to persuade the man to come down after he had climbed 300 metres up the city landmark. After several hours of negotiation, the Parisian firefighters managed to coax the man down and took him into custody.

While there were no casualties, the incident has resulted in a closure of the Eiffel Tower and about 2,500 people being evacuated from the structure, whilst the Paris Fire Department tried to capture the intruder.

Completed in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of the city of Paris. The 324-metre (1,063 feet) tall tower, was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel as part of a “Universal Exposition” marking the centenary of the French Revolution.

The Eiffel Tower has celebrated its 130th birthday in Paris, with the city marking the anniversary with a light show at the famed monument just last week.

Just so you know, this isn’t the first time someone has tried to climb the tower.

In 2012, a 25-year-old man British man managed to climb to the very top of the tower before plunging to his death. Three people were also spotted climbing the tower in 2015. In 2017, the structure was closed down after a man climbed over safety railings and threatened to jump off. But fortunately, the police were able to convince him to come back.

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Later in the same year, a protective glass wall measuring 65 millimeters (about 2.5 inches) thick and resistant to bullets was erected around the base of the tower to provide increased security.

 

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