A person who scaled the Eiffel Tower and compelled the nationwide monument to abruptly shut for a number of hours on Monday has been taken into custody, the authorities mentioned.
About 2,500 folks have been evacuated from the construction whereas the Paris Fire Department tried to seize the climber, officers mentioned. By 9:30 p.m., the authorities mentioned, they have been capable of motive with the person, who had been lodged for hours close to the third tier of the 1,063-foot construction.
It was unclear why the person climbed the landmark. The Eiffel Tower will reopen on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., based on La Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, which runs the landmark’s official web site.
Photos of the climber, whose identify has not been launched, rapidly flooded social media on Monday afternoon, displaying him greater than midway up the monument as rescue employees tried to succeed in him.
A spokeswoman for the tower’s operator told Reuters that the man had entered the tower normally and started to climb once he was on the second floor.
The tower’s official Twitter account announced the closing Monday afternoon. “We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit,” it said. The lockdown left tourists stranded at the top of the tower, and France 24 reported that the esplanade under the tower was also closed.
Representatives for the monument and the local police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
After the monument was closed, its Twitter account began responding to upset visitors. It told several tourists that prepurchased tickets would be refunded, and apologized for the inconvenience.
People have tried to climb the historic structure in the past. In 2015, James Kingston, a British climber and daredevil who has carried out many high-altitude stunts, reportedly scaled the tower.
In 2018, bulletproof glass was installed on the north and south ends of the structure to help protect it from terrorist attacks. According to NPR, the glass panels are nearly 10 feet tall and are more than two inches thick. On the east and west ends, metal fences were erected to prevent vehicles from entering.
The structure, designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel, was completed in 1889 and took less than two years to build. Roughly seven million people a year visit it.
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