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Eiffel Tower Evacuated Over False Bomb Alert

09/08/2013 15:16 BST | Updated 09/10/2013 10:12 BST
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Children play in a fountain while people enjoy the sun in front of the Eiffel Tower on July 7, 2013 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: The tower re-opened at 4.30pm local time.

The Eiffel Tower has been evacuated due to an alleged bomb threat, the Reuters news agency has reported.

Tourists posted pictures on Twitter of themselves leaving the Paris landmark after being ordered to vacate by officials.

A similar alert was made in July. The iconic building is often subject to bomb scares, which mostly turn out to be hoaxes.