An Excessively Stanky Fruit Has Caused A Mass Evacuation In Melbourne

The unpleasant smell as found to be a rotting durian and was circulated by the air-con at the library

The unpleasant smell as found to be a rotting durian and was circulated by the air-con at the library

An investigation was launched into the source of the smell because the building was known to store potentially risky chemicals - but it all it turned up was some durian fruit left rotting in a cupboard.

Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade said students and staff were asked to leave the building “as a precaution” while firefighters investigated.

According to a MFB statement, the building was known to store potentially risky chemicals.

A smelly fruit caused the evacuation of a university and more than 500 students and teachers after its aroma was mistaken for gas.

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".

Even though the fruit originates from Southeast Asia, it is exported to countries like Australia and can be found in supermarkets.

"The Environment Protection Authority will oversee the removal and storage of the waste", the firefighters' statement added.

According to independent.co.uk, it turned out that the famously strong smell of the durian had made its way through the building via the air conditioning system. Concerned about the gas leak, they called the emergency services.

"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. Again, durian was the cause of the stench.

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