Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Rotten fruit causes Melbourne university evacuation

RMIT Forced To Evacuate After Gas Leak An Excessively Stanky Fruit Has Caused A Mass Evacuation In Melbourne
| 01 May, 2018, 13:16

There were fears that potentially unsafe chemicals, thought to be stored in the affected building, were to blame.

The fears of a gas leak at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia were, fortunately, very anti-climatic.

In 2014, patients and staff from a Melbourne hospital were evacuated amid concerns there was a gas leak at one of the wards.

The culprit, however, was far less threatening, or was it?

Rotting durian fruit caused a gas leak scare at an Australian university library, prompting an evacuation of the building.

A rotting durian fruit left in a cupboard.


It was after a foul spell spread across the library on campus that a fire brigade was sent out an alert stating a chemical hazard.

Known as the "king of fruits", Southeast Asia's most divisive fruit is banned from hotels and transport across the region. But it turned out the smell was from a pungent durian.

“After a comprehensive search, firefighters identified the smell was not chemical gas, but gas generated from a rotting durian, an extremely pungent fruit which had been left rotting in a cupboard, ” the fire service said in a statement.

This is not the first time durians have caused panic.

Durian's reputation might not be as bad as stated above, though.

Dramatically, the troublesome, rotten durian will be managed by the Environment Protection Authority.

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