Man climbs Eiffel Tower triggering evacuation and closure

A man who climbed up the side of the Eiffel Tower on Monday afternoon, triggered an evacuation of the famous structure. His motivation for scaling the Paris landmark was unclear.

Officials closed the tower and began evacuating visitors after the man was first spotted.

Pictures and videos of the individual climbing up the tower, which is 324 meters (1,062 feet) tall, were also circulating online.

A spokeswoman for the landmark announced that the Eiffel Tower has been closed and is in the process of being evacuated because a person is scaling it.

Firefighters at the scene were trying to make contact with the man.

Since the tower is locked down, hundreds of people are stuck at various levels of the tower.

Almost 7 million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year. It completed construction in 1889, it was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel as part of a “Universal Exposition” marking the centenary of the French Revolution. It celebrated its 130th anniversary last week.

This isn’t the first incident, three people were spotted climbing the landmark in 2015, that time too the tower was evacuated. Again in 2010 due to bomb threats, once in 2013 over security concerns and was closed for two days following the terror attacks in Paris in 2015.

In 2017, 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.