Library Shut Down After Stinky Fruit Mistaken For Gas Leak

RMIT Forced To Evacuate After Gas Leak

RMIT Forced To Evacuate After Gas Leak

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".

After a "comprehensive search", Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade discovered that the smell actually came from a rotting durian stashed in a cupboard.

More than 500 students and staff were evacuated from a university library in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday after the smell of a rotting durian fruit was mistaken for a gas leak, local media reported.

Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade said the building contained potentially risky chemicals so it was understandable why students and staff were anxious. However, there is nothing appetizing about the fruit; from its hard shell and rotting smell, not many would dare try a durian.

File image of a vendor seeling the durian fruit.

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"The smell had moved around the building via the air conditioning system", the statement continued. However, nothing except an extremely smelly fruit was found.

This is not the first time durians have caused panic. Concerned about the gas leak, they called the emergency services.

The Environment Protection Authority will oversee the removal and storage of the waste.

In 2013, an entire row of city centre shops in Plymouth, England were evacuated after a suspected gas leak, which was ultimately traced to durian.

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