Durian Gas Leak Scare at Australian University Prompts Evacuation

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

Durian fruit, often described as having the smell of gym socks or rotting meat, has been banned on Singapore's public trains.

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.

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Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade said the building contained potentially unsafe chemicals so it was understandable why students and staff were anxious.

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.

Hundreds of students were evacuated from a Melbourne library, as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus investigated the cause of a pungent stench which everyone thought had been caused by a gas leak.

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"The smell had moved around the building via the air conditioning system", the statement continued.

Even though the fruit originates from Southeast Asia, it is exported to countries like Australia and can be found in supermarkets. In a sense, it was still a gas leak.

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This is not the first time durians have caused panic. But it turned out the smell was from a pungent durian.