28 Apr '18, 10pm

Melbourne library evacuated after rotting durian sparks fear of chemical gas leak

Melbourne library evacuated after rotting durian sparks fear of chemical gas leak

SYDNEY - The smell of a rotting durian was enough to get a building evacuated in Australia on Saturday (April 28). 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 were called to the RMIT campus on Latrobe Street just after 3pm after a smell of gas was reported in the building, said a report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Approximately 500 students and teachers were evacuated by Victoria Police as a precaution while an investigation was launched into the source of the smell, because the building was known to store potentially dangerous chemicals. After a comprehensive search, firefighters identified the smell was not chemical gas, but gas generated from a durian, which had been left rotting in a cupboard. Even...

Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/melbourne-l...

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