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Eiffel Tower Shut Down Because Somebody Is Climbing It

Firefighters are on the scene
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2019 1:07 PM CDT
Rescue workers vehicles park just down the Eiffel Tower Monday, May 20, 2019 in Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been closed to visitors after a person has tried to scale it.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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(Newser) – The Eiffel Tower closed down on Monday after a man began trying to scale the Paris monument, the AP reports. A person could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red was just above him. It wasn't immediately clear how the trespasser managed to get past the stringent security system. A Paris police spokeswoman said a team of firefighters including a climbing specialist was on the scene and in touch with the intruder, whose motivations remain unclear.

Officials haven't immediately provided further information about the incident, and it's not known when the Eiffel Tower will reopen. It's not the first time someone has attempted to climb up the tourist attraction. In 2015, British "freerunner" James Kingston climbed the edifice without safety ropes and without permission, dodging security cameras as he went. The tower, the tallest structure in Paris, is 1,063 feet high, about the same height as an 81-story building.

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