Thursday 23 May 2019

University library in Australia evacuates hundreds due to strong-smelling fruit

The library re-opened after a ‘completely safe’ durian fruit was found in one of the bins.

The Durian is known for its strong, pungent odour (naito8/Getty Images)
The Durian is known for its strong, pungent odour (naito8/Getty Images)

By Emily Chudy, Press Association

Around 550 people were evacuated from The University of Canberra Library after a suspected gas leak turned out to be a particularly smelly piece of fruit.

The library in Australia posted an evacuation notice on Facebook, before the threat was found to be a mere piece of durian fruit in a bin.

The library wrote on Facebook: “We’ve been evacuated… 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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(University of Canberra Library)

The library then posted an update after re-opening its doors.

“The lingering gas-like smell in the building is completely safe – someone left a durian fruit in one of our bins,” it said.

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(University of Canberra Library)

Durian, named in some regions as the ‘king of fruits’, is grown in parts of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.

The fruit has a pleasant taste, but a strong-smelling odour, which has led it to be banned from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.

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