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Fire near Eiffel Tower not related to attack in Nice

Posted: 8:54 PM, Jul 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-15 02:30:10Z
It was shocking timing in France on Thursday, as a fire broke out near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a deadly incident took place in the resort city of Nice.
 
 
Moments after a driver drove onto a sidewalk in Nice and plowed into a crowd of Bastille Day celebrators, killing 80 people, smoke was seen at the base of the famed Eiffel Tower (see video footage below).
 
According to the NY Daily News , local police said in a statement that the two incidents were not related and that the fire in Paris was accidental.
 
Caused after a truck carrying fireworks caught fire, the blaze next to the tower was a “technical incident,” the Paris Police Prefecture announced said on Twitter.
 
Meanwhile, officials and eyewitnesses described the incident in Nice as a deliberate attack.
 
According to AP, Christian Estrosi -- the president of the region of France that includes Nice -- the driver appeared to have "completely premeditated behavior” during the incident, and his truck was “loaded with arms, loaded with grenades."
 
The truck driver was subsequently killed by police.