September 28th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Eiffel Tower reopened after bomb threat

[Updated at 3:12 p.m.] A CNN cameraman on the scene says the bomb threat at the Eiffel Tower appears to be over.

Police are letting people return to the tower.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.] The Eiffel Tower was being evacuated Tuesday after a bomb threat made by telephone call from a phone booth in the vicinity of the tower, police told CNN.

It is the second time the landmark has been evacuated in about two weeks.

The 1,063-foot (324-meter) tower was the subject of another bomb threat on September 14 that police later said was bogus.

The threat closed the tower and a nearby metro station. About 2,000 people were evacuated from nearby homes and businesses.

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  1. RM

    Why are people arguing over trivia like burqas ? And ponder which holy book proscribes what womens' fashions? Who cares? The issue is bombs, death and blood, my friends, not head-rags!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat - NJ

    I was in Paris France the week of 9/14/10 with my daughter. She was at an international conference. I was at the Eiffel Tower, riding the Metro etc. No one knew of any threats. We only found out about the "woman who was wearing a bomb strapped to her body" was running around the city. Very scary when I got home and found this out. The public was not informed over there of the threat. I would have appreciated knowing so I would have been on my guard. In this country we know everything immediately

    September 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bill

    Hate these time wasters, because all it does is anoy, only good thing is no one is hurt the bad thing is total disruption of the area

    September 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chicagoK

    I think most people know that the threat came from the French trucker union, but are afraid to make this public. EU labor unions are about to destroy the EU and send the countries back to the 19th century.

    September 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lee

    Someone is having a blast (no pun intended) calling and claiming there is a bomb just to laugh their backsides off when everyone starts running. Absolutely Ridiculous! Probably a bunch of punks with nothing better to do.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonboy

    I had a crazy thought, what if this is some photographer who is trying to shoot a surreal picture of the tower without any people around in modern France? Keep your eye out for the first guy to set up a camera after the threat was called in.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    It could not have been a Muslim, because Islam is a religion of peace.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    Maybe they will call back with another bomb threat when the flying boat they stole from Iran has had a chance to refuel with coca cola and pop rocks and can make the 2nd half of the trip...

    September 29, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. cesces

    where is the rest of the story about the two brits and eight germans they busted that were in this terror plot leading al-qaida it was on my local news station ksl channel 5 headlined its official germans and brits behind terror plots!!!!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ituri

    Mick, what nonsense. France chose security and freedom from Muslim threats, as well as womens rights over religions "right" to oppress them. Whats more, there is nothing in Frances laws to stop them from doing this. All you can do is whine about the poor Muslims, but do you see anyone ELSE threatening to bomb world-wide loved monuments and kill innocent people for a supposed insult of clothing choice? Muslims are free to live in tyrannical religious states if they like, but they do not have the right to take that tyranny to France.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Diane

    Nice of you to so clearly demonstrate your lack of taste, or of artistic appreciation, or the most meager knowledge of history – the Eiffel Tower is by no stretch of the imagination a "gay piece of crap" as you so eloquently put it...I have to assume that you simply don't like those evil french people – you probably were in favor of "Freedom Fries" and "Freedom Toast", and I would also pretty much assume that you've never been anywhere near the Eiffel Tower. What an idiot.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chris

    Mick: France can make whatever laws it wants to. that's its right, it is not now, nor has it ever been a muslim country...if anything it is a catholic country. If muslims want to live there, then they must abide by the local laws and customs. You have any idea how many Muslim countries ban all sorts of western and christian norms? Almost all. France has every right to ban Burqas, and the Musllims should show now that they are a religion of reason and tolerance...or not. Either way, we will see their true colors as a faith.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richie

    I think we should all ignore the comments from CatfishMammy due to the horrible nature of his grammar and spelling skills.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. response

    Mick, they did not ban the wearing of the niqab, they banned FORCING women to wear it. Which coincidentally is pretty damn hard to enforce. They are not compelling the women to compromise their religion, they are only saying that if a woman does not want to wear the niqab, they cannot be forced into doing so.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
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