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Eiffel Tower evacuated over telephone threat

The Eiffel Tower was evacuated Sunday afternoon after a threat was delivered over the phone, although authorities in Paris did not give any details.

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A picture of the Eiffel Tower taken on January 17. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's top tourist attractions, was evacuated Sunday following an unspecified telephone threat.

There were reports that a bomb threat had been called in, but authorities in Paris would not confirm details to AFP.

The tower was evacuated at about 3 p.m. local time and had not reopened to tourists by 5:30 p.m., according to Reuters.

The evacuation comes after a similar threat on Aug. 9.

In June, the monument was closed for two hours after a man threatened to commit suicide.

The Eiffel Tower is the world's most visited monument. It attracts up to 32,000 tourists daily, according to AFP.