Library Shut Down After Stinky Fruit Mistaken For Gas Leak

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The durian is a tropical fruit known for its strong, pungent smell.

Last year, building at Manchester University, England had to be evacuated over a suspected gas leak.

About 600 people were evacuated from an Australian university's library after students and faculty mistook the smell of a rotten durian fruit for a gas 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.

Firefighters donned protective breathing apparatus to investigate the source of the stench, taking severe precautions as the campus sometimes stored unsafe chemicals.

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In a statement, titled aptly as a "Rotten afternoon on campus", the Metropolitan Fire Brigade debunked the fears of the evacuated individuals.

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

Known as the "king of fruits", Southeast Asia's most divisive fruit is banned from hotels and transport across the region. The smell of durian has been compared to onions, sewage and even turpentine.

The Age reported that the Environmental Protection Agency will oversee storage of the waste.

"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.