Two drunk American tourists were found sleeping inside the Eiffel Tower Monday after a wild night out in Paris, officials said.
Security guards were making their morning rounds before the iconic landmark’s 9 a.m. opening when they stumbled upon the dozing duo and woke them up, according to the publicly owned Eiffel Tower operator Sete.
They were found in an area normally closed to the public between the tower’s second and third levels.
The men appeared to have “got stuck because of how drunk they were,” Paris prosecutors told the news agency AFP.
A police source said that the visitors had bought entry tickets to the monument around 10:40 p.m. Sunday – and then jumped security barriers while climbing down the stairs from the tower’s top platform 905 feet in the air.
Paris firefighters, including a special unit for recovering people from dangerous heights, were sent to bring down the hapless interlopers, the source added.
Both men were then taken to the police station in Paris’ seventh district for questioning.
Sete said it intends to file a criminal complaint against the intruders later this week.
The incident delayed Eiffel Tower’s opening to the public by about an hour.
It came two days after back-to-back bomb threats forced the evacuation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of the French capital.
With Post wires