30 Apr '18, 6pm

Australian University Evacuated After Rotten Durian Smell Mistaken for Gas Leak

Australian University Evacuated After Rotten Durian Smell Mistaken for Gas Leak

If you’ve ever been within sniffing distance of a durian, you would know it: The odor of the Southeast Asian fruit has been compared to decaying flesh, old garbage, and rotten eggs . The scent is so pungent that it prompted the recent evacuation of a university library in Melbourne, Australia, the Australian Associated Press reports. Firefighters were called to investigate the scene on Saturday , April 28 after a strong smell was reported in the university library of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Police initially suspected it was a gas leak coming from the potentially harmful chemicals stored at the site. It was only after about 600 students and faculty members were evacuated that firefighters wearing gas masks discovered the true source of the stench: a durian that had been left to rot in a cupboard. Putrid gases from the fruit had made their way into the a...

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