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Fri, Jul 23, 2004

Eiffel Tower Evacuated Over Crash Hoax

Thousands of tourists hurried out of tower after hoax telephone call

French authorities evacuated some four thousand tourists out of the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday after getting a hoax phone call warning that an aircraft was about to crash into it.

The tourists were all hurriedly led out of the structure in about 40 minutes, and the tower remained closed for some two hours before it was determined that the call was indeed a hoax.

A police source said that an anonymous caller had said that an aircraft was about to hit the tower in an attack similar to the 9/11 attack on the WTC towers.

According to Sapa-AFP, the last time the Eiffel Tower was evacuated was in 2003, and that was due to a small fire.

FMI: www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk

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