An Australian university was evacuated due to the overwhelming stench of a fruit.
CNN reports that the staff at the University of Canberra library were forced to evacuate due to a suspected gas leak. Over 550 people were evacuated from the building within six minutes. The Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency said in a statement that firefighters were able to determine the cause of the smell. However, when firefighters arrived at the scene, they discovered that the gas leak “smell” was caused by the durian fruit, a popular treat in southeast Asia.
The library’s Facebook page confirmed on a post that the smell was linked to the fruit:
“Fortunately the suspected gas leak turned out to be a part of a durian — the offending fruit has now been removed.”
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Another updated post said that the durian fruit was left inside of a trash bin and the smell was considered safe.
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The durian fruit is shaped like a spikey ball and it is infamous for its smell. The smell is described to be similar to rotten food or sweaty socks. It is banned from hotels and subways since the odor is hard to remove.
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