Climber Scales Eiffel Tower Prompting Authorities to Close It ‘until Further Notice’
An unidentified person was caught on camera climbing one of the most attractive and representative tourist attractions in Paris: the Eiffel Tower.
The climber, who appeared to be wearing a red jacket, was scaling up the 1,063-foot structure on its side. Due to the incident, the company that operates the tower closed it “until further notice,” adding that they were following “standard procedure.”
Some kind of security incident at the Eiffel Tower. We are at the top and not allowed to leave. Reports that someone is climbing the tower. Anyone know anything? #EiffelTower— Claire Murphy (@ClaireEBMurphy) May 20, 2019
“The Eiffel Tower is currently closed until further notice. We kindly advise our visitors to postpone their visit,” pointed out the official Twitter account of the tower.
We are being told a guy paid in and then started to climb from the second floor #EiffelTower— Claire Murphy (@ClaireEBMurphy) May 20, 2019
According to a spokeswoman of the attraction, the man allegedly entered the structure in a regular way but started climbing once he was on the second floor. At the moment, it is unclear why the climber did it.
⚠️— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) May 20, 2019
🇫🇷 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.
Claire Murphy, the Deputy News Editor of the Irish Independent, was at the top of the structure when the climber was spotted, and she shared on Twitter that officials were forcing them to stay up as a security measure.
Incident appears to be over. We are all being let down now #eiffeltower— Claire Murphy (@ClaireEBMurphy) May 20, 2019
The lady’s latest tweet suggests that the incident is over already, although the Eiffel Tower’s official Twitter account has not reopened the access for tourists yet.