Romantic love lock bridge collapse

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'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.

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PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: A person takes pictures of the Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Kids attaching Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: A couple pose in front of the Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. Padlocks on the bridge . In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07: Love Padlocks on the Le Pont Des Arts bridge on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France. Padlocks on the bridge . In recent years Le Pont Des Arts has attracted tourists who visit the bridge to attach padlocks to the railing or the gate with their names written or engraved on the padlock, and then throw the key into the river Seine as a romantic gesture. The accumulation of the 'love locks', a phenomenon popular in many European cities is starting to pose safety concerns, due to their mass weight. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: Different kinds of locks are pictured at the Bridge of Arts (Pont des Arts) during a rainy day on February 28, 2014 in Paris, France. Couples attach locks as a sign of their love to the railing of the bridge. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 8: Love padlocks hang from the bridges over Seine River in the capital Paris, France on April 7, 2014. Due to having poor esthetics and security reason, authorities consider removing the 'Love locks' attached to the bridges. Hanging padlocks to the bridges becomes a phenomenon in cities across Europe as couples leave them as a symbol of their love. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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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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