Wednesday 20 February 2019

Reports of a fire at the Eiffel Tower but not related to terror attack

Grab from video by @alexisthiebaut
Grab from video by @alexisthiebaut

As reports of the tragedy unfolded in Nice a video emerged of black smoke billowing out of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

A tweet from police in the French capital indicates that the smoke was caused by a malfunctioning firework truck. Shortly after police sent out a tweet begging people not to spread false rumours about the smoke.

The tragedy in Nice comes on July 14, Bastille Day, France's national day celebrating the French Revolution.

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