Stinky Fruit Forces Building Evacuation

Emergency crews found rotten durian
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2018 4:07 AM CDT
Stinky Fruit Forces Building Evacuation
A cut Musang King durian is shown by a vendor during the International Durian Cultural Tourism Festival in Bentong, Malaysia.   (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf, File)

The pungent smell of a rotten durian fruit at an Australian university library was mistaken for a gas leak, prompting an evacuation of the building. Specialist crews wearing masks searched the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology university campus library on Saturday, but all they found was rotting durian in a cupboard, the AP reports. About 600 staff and students had cleared the building. A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman said the smell alarmed staff and students as it permeated the air-conditioning system. Durian is a tropical fruit known for its strong smell. It is commonly banned from hotel rooms and public transport across Southeast Asia. (The Malaysian government plans to investigate the fruit's supposed aphrodisiac properties.)

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