Eiffel Tower engulfed in smoke as fireworks truck catches fire

Paris’ most iconic landmark has been engulfed in thick, black smoke after a truck carrying fireworks caught alight.

People initially thought the Eiffel Tower was on fire, but Police quickly confirmed that was not the case.

“Don’t spread false rumours,” the Préfecture de police tweeted.


“No fire at the #TourEiffel. An accidental truck fire took place. It is put out.”


The blaze erupted around the same time Nice was rocked by a horrifying attack, believed to be terror related.

More than 70 people are believed to have been killed and hundreds more injured after a truck, loaded with guns and grenades, ploughed into a large crowd who were gathered to watch fireworks in celebration of Bastille Day.

“Dear Nice residents, the driver of a truck appears to have caused dozens of deaths. Stay for the moment in your homes,” Christian Estrosi, the Mayor or Nice tweeted.

The Australian Embassy in Paris is making urgent inquiries to determine whether any Australians have been affected by the attack.