A massive evacuation of nearly 500 people at Melbourne University took place after students smelled "gas" at the RMIT's library. After the evacuation, an investigation revealed the smell of "gas" was actually a rotting durian fruit that had been left in a cupboard.
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The durian is a tropical fruit that is known for having a strong, stinky odor, especially when rotten. Firefighters determined the smell traveled through the building through the air conditioning ducts. Staff and students both originally reported smelling what they thought to be gas in a library building which resulted in Victoria police evacuating the university.
The building has now been reopened and has been deemed safe after the false alarm, Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade said. The fire brigade also confirmed that potentially dangerous chemicals are stored in the building.
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The durian is a tropical fruit that is about the size of a coconut but it is green and spiky on the outside. On the inside, the durian has soft flesh which is said to have an acquired taste. It has quite a pungent odor and is a food native to South East Asia. It is banned in most hotel rooms and from transport.
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