A Foul-Smelling Fruit Made Nearly 500 People Evacuate A Library

A Foul-Smelling Fruit Made Nearly 500 People Evacuate A Library

Nearly 40 firefighters, including masked specialist crews, had searched the building for the source of the smell, which students had feared was a chemical leak.

An Australian university library was evacuated after a rotting fruit was mistaken for a gas leak.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade was called to the RMIT campus on La Trobe at about 3pm to investigate.

Fears of a gas leak caused around 500 students and staff to be evacuated from a university library in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. In a sense, it was still a gas leak.

Singaporean scientists a year ago mapped the genome of the fruit, describing its smell as "a mix of an onion-like sulfury aroma with notes of sweet fruitiness and savoury soup-seasoning".




This sort of fruit-driven flight would surprise few who have come in contact with the durian, a native of Southeast Asia with an odor that has been compared to "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock", "hot poop garbage" and "gasoline".

Once it found its way out of the cupboard, the smell moved into the library's air conditioning system and ran amok.

As for the durian responsible for evacuating 500 people in Melbourne, Environment Protection Authority Victoria will take care of it.

"It's like we opened up a dead chicken", said one man in the BuzzFeed video where a group of people tried the fruit for the first time.

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