Panicked Parisians angered over Netflix Eiffel Tower firework show

Parisians panicked on Sunday night when the sound of enormous bangs and flashes of light filled the air around the Eiffel Tower. While many feared a new terror attack the explosion of sound and light was in fact down to American entertainment company Netflix.

Panicked Parisians angered over Netflix Eiffel Tower firework show
File pic. AFP

Scores of people living near the famous Iron Lady took to social media on Sunday night in a panic after hearing loud detonations and seeing flashes of light.

It’s perhaps hardly surprising given recent events in the capital and the heightened terror threat.

But thankfully the sound and light show was nothing more sinister than the filming of the American series Sense 8, which is to be shown on Netflix.

Nevertheless locals were angry with authorities for not informing them of the firework show.

“Next time Paris don’t hesitate to warn us about the fireworks so we don’t think the city is being attacked again,” tweeted Mateu Maestracci, which summed up many of the messages sent to City Hall on Twitter.

Debby Yatch sent her own message to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Twitter.

“Anne Hidalgo it would have been nice to warn us of the firework show rather than freaking out half of Paris in the middle of he night.”

But pictures of posters put up around the area shows that it appears that authorities did at least make some effort to inform locals of what was going to happen on Sunday night. Although only in the 16th arrondissement.

Paris City Hall did accept there was “a lack of information” and that a firework show meant warnings should have been issued to residents in a much area.

The fireworks also scared a number of our own readers judging by the comments on our Facebook page.





Paris Metro stations to close during Bastille Day fireworks

Paris transport authorities have released a list of closures during the July 14th fireworks display.

Paris Metro stations to close during Bastille Day fireworks
The fireworks will go ahead this year, but without the crowds. Photo: AFP

July 14th marks France's fête nationale – known in the Anglophone world as Bastille Day – and although celebrations are scaled back this year, the traditional fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower is going ahead.

Spectators will not be allowed at the Tower, instead people can watch on TV or from the top of the Montparnasse Tower – with advance tickets only. Likewise the Champs de Mars concert is going ahead but without a live audience.

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But despite the lack of crowds, there will still be closures on several Metro, bus and RER lines on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

From 4pm the following stations will be closed;

  • Pont de l'Alma, Tour Eiffel, Champs de mars and Kennedy Radio France on RER line C
  • Bir Hakeim on line 6
  • Ecole Militaire on line 8
  • Trocadero on line 6 and 9
  • Iéna and Alma Marceau on line 9

From 7pm the closures will extend to;

  • Javel on RER C and Metro line 10
  • Invalides on RER C and lines 8 and 13
  • La Motte Piquet Grenelle on lines 6, 8 and 10
  • Sevres Lecourb, Dupleix, Cambronne, Passy, Boissière, and Kléber on line 6
  • La Tour Maubourg on line 8
  • Rue de la Pompe on line 9
  • Saint François Xavier and Varenne on line 10
  • Eglise d'Auteuil, Emile Zola, Boulogne Pont de Saint Cloud, Boulogne Jean Jaurès, Chardon Lagache, Charles Michel, Charles Ange Auteuil, Michel-Ange Molitar, Mirabeau, Porte d'Auteuil and Ségur on line 10

Transport operator RATP says the stations will reopen 'at the order of Paris police'