Paris Bridge Buckles Under 'Locks of Love'
Weight of padlocks collapsed fencing, shuts span temporarily
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2014 2:27 AM CDT
A wooden repaired section is seen, at top left, on the Pont des Arts bridge after a chunk of fencing with thousands of locks fell off under their weight.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

(Newser) Campaigners against "love locks" might now be tempted to say "I told you so" to those who called them unromantic fools: An iconic Paris bridge was evacuated after the weight of padlocks left by couples collapsed a metal grill. Nobody was injured by the collapse on the Pont des Arts bridge, which was closed for several hours, but city officials say they will step up efforts to find an alternative for couples who want to prove their love by attaching locks to bridges and throwing the keys in the river, Reuters reports.

The trend—which was inspired by a romantic novel in Italy in 2006 and has spread worldwide, the Guardian finds—has left bridges in many cities groaning under the weight of padlocks and authorities are starting to clamp down. In New York City, the transportation department has called for an end to the practice, saying maintenance crews removed some 5,600 padlocks from the Brooklyn Bridge in less than a year and the locks are threatening to damage the 131-year-old landmark, the New York Daily News reports.

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Jun 12, 2014 11:26 AM CDT
So ... the headline is sensationalistic bullshit. The bridge did NOT "buckle." FENCING collapsed, the bridge was closed, examined and reopened, a scenario HIGHLY unlikely had the bridge actually "buckled." I know "clicks" are important and when you scream something to attract them and then readers find out it's actually a LIE, your credibility ... which is the source of people coming here TO "click" on stuff ... suffers.
Jun 12, 2014 10:22 AM CDT
So, if it's a combination lock, you throw yourself into the river?
Jun 12, 2014 8:17 AM CDT
As a New Yorker, I say let's give the lovers a safe place to attach their locks on either end of the bridge where they can then toss the keys into the river. Let's NOT opt for some draconian enforcement regimen which makes attaching locks to sensitive parts of the bridge even MORE desirable.