Rotten durian fruit prompts Melbourne university evacuation

Up to 600 people were evacuated from RMIT university after peculiar smell was detected on Saturday afternoon

Up to 600 people were evacuated from RMIT university after peculiar smell was detected on Saturday afternoon

A gas leak was reported at the on-campus library and a hazardous-materials team was sent to the institute to investigate the source of the "potentially unsafe chemicals".

"So perhaps it's no surprise that a rotting durian sparked fears of a major gas leak in a Melbourne library on Saturday, leading to the evacuation of hundreds", another user tweeted.

In 2014, patients and staff from a Melbourne hospital were evacuated amid concerns there was a gas leak at one of the wards.

This weekend, more than 500 people were evacuated from a university in Melbourne after the smell of a rotting durian fruit was mistaken for a gas leak.

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It was after a foul spell spread across the library on campus that a fire brigade was sent out an alert stating a chemical hazard.

But instead of poisonous vapors, the 40 firefighters and specialists called to the scene found a rotting durian fruit stashed in a cupboard, according to the Herald Sun.

Durian is the world's smelliest fruit and is banned in taxis and hotels throughout Asia.

500 people were evacuated after the pungent smell traveled through the air-conditioning system.

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However, the smell has been described "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock" by the Smithsonian magazine.

Durian's reputation might not be as bad as stated above, though. It is used in numerous Southeast Asian recipes.

The Age reported that the Environmental Protection Agency will oversee storage of the waste.

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