Eiffel Tower Closed For Several Hours After Intruder Spotted

Paris, September 21: The Eiffel Tower was closed for several hours on Sunday (Sep 20) after an intruder with a backpack was spotted inside the iconic monument before its daily opening hours, officials said.

The tower was reopened at 2:45 pm (local time) yesterday after being closed to the public for the morning, the press department for the tourist attraction said.

"To remove all doubt, a helicopter was sent to carry out an inspection of the structure."

Firefighters were also dispatched to the site, but "found nothing", according to a fire department spokesman.

A policeman at the scene said the intruder may have been an adventurer seeking to parachute off the tower, which is 324 meters (354 yards) tall, a sight not uncommon in the French capital. In 2005, however, a Norwegian man died while attempting a similar feat.

The "Iron Lady" attracts around seven million visitors a year, of which nearly nine in 10 are foreign tourists.

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