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Romantic love lock bridge collapse

'Locks Of Love' Bridge In Paris Evacuated After Railing Collapses

Paris is said to be one of the most romantic places on Earth, but apparently there was too much love for one Parisian bridge to handle.

The Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine River is a popular tourist destination where couples declare their undying love for each other by writing their initials on a padlock, fastening it onto the bridge, and throwing the key into the water below. On Sunday evening a section of that bridge collapsed under the weight of all the locks. Not the best omen for those couples.

According to the Independent, a five-foot long section of wire mesh fell onto the bridge and was immediately evacuated. Luckily, there were no injuries, but the incident has intensified the debate about the safety of the tradition that began in 2008.

In February, two Americans living in Paris launched the "No Love Locks" campaign, and argued that not only are the padlocks ugly, but they also compromise the structural integrity of the bridge. According to their own research, the 510 foot long bridge is holding 700,000 padlocks -- equaling more than 40 tons.

The Pont des Arts is expected to be reopened sometime Monday.

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Kate June 09 2014 at 4:50 PM

And now it's happening at the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Cut it out, people! It's dangerous, ugly, and is really nothing more than vandalism of these beautiful structures.

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malingasmask09 Kate June 09 2014 at 4:53 PM

I think its kinda nice, but I most agree it is obviously dangerous.

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Apple Kate June 09 2014 at 4:59 PM

It's not ugly don't be such a cynic but your correct the weight of all those locks makes the bridge unsafe!

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Anne Boleyns Crown June 09 2014 at 6:24 PM

The article says that "According to the Independent, a five-foot long section of wire mesh fell onto the bridge..." So basically, the wire mesh of the fence fell, not the bridge. So AOL.

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Joesph Anne Boleyns Crown June 10 2014 at 12:09 AM

my god... a news article that tells you what happened.... those fiends...

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onemadashell Joesph June 10 2014 at 11:24 AM

my god you must be really stupid. aol implies the BRIDGE collapsed you imbecile.

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qurkyzvytz Anne Boleyns Crown June 10 2014 at 12:21 AM

Yeah, Anne, from the headline you'd think the whole damned bridge fell into to the river!

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Jim Silberman June 09 2014 at 7:54 PM

Anyone care to guess what percent of the relationships represented by those locks are still intact?

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theicefountain Jim Silberman June 10 2014 at 2:44 AM

I was wondering that too, lol.

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olvden June 09 2014 at 8:46 PM

40 tons of mostly brass padlocks going for $1.95 US for scrap= $156,000.00. Now THAT's a good weekend. I'd be on that bridge doing some "midnight lock mining" for a while.

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bootz6 June 09 2014 at 7:32 PM

talk about dumb. no one ever thought all the weight could cause a problem. Is it some form of french modern art ? it's also butt ugly and reading other comments, it's also being done here. Looks like a piece of jackson pollack junk.

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Joesph bootz6 June 10 2014 at 12:13 AM

Jackson Pollacks are worth tens of thousands, if not more, so ...yeah...

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siouxmurphy Joesph June 10 2014 at 11:08 AM

Obviously "bootz6" does not appreciate them glittering under the rising or setting sun. And the lights of the Paris night as they dance upon them, unlocking all their hidden colors. Or watching the couple declare their love as they toss the key into the Seine. Thank goodness that beauty is in the eye of the beholder no? I agree a solution needs to be found, but to say there is no beauty in it.... Tres Triste.

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Vimala Nowlis June 09 2014 at 9:41 PM

The straw that broke the camel's back?
How many of those locks are from people who are no longer together?

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boardsrbetter June 09 2014 at 4:53 PM

Sad, but perhaps we could dedicate some type of stone/metal monument for this purpose? I get the sentiment, and I love the idea. However there are probably a few safer places we could do this than a bridge.

I love that some americans moved to France with the express purpose of taking the bridge down. They must be some truly sad lonely people.

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ganderrrr boardsrbetter June 09 2014 at 5:30 PM

You're right....they should have kept their mouths shut and waited for the bridge to collapse into the Seine, taking some people with it.

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siouxmurphy boardsrbetter June 10 2014 at 11:10 AM


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Val June 09 2014 at 5:58 PM

FIne every one that puts a lock on public property.

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MARTHA & PERRY June 09 2014 at 9:08 PM

sounds like a good opportunity for job creation. every day workers should cut all the locks off.

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Roads June 09 2014 at 8:59 PM

" but perhaps we could dedicate some type of stone/metal monument for this purpose"

I'm quite tired of seeing ANY monuments put up. After 911 there were excessive millions spent to commemorate an open field, a fallen building and everything else down to a fireboat that responded to do what it was designed to do.
Take a map and mark off all the monuments in Wash DC. See how much land and money is wasted?
What really gets me though are the little markers and monuments on the roadside because someone didn't know how to drive. They cost taxpayers a lot of money for the highway departments to mow around. But put up a for sale sign and it's taken down next day..........

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Applez64 Roads June 09 2014 at 10:09 PM

You must be a very bitter person. While I don't think these locks are logical- get rid of ALL monuments? Sad.

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