The stench of a durian fruit has caused a library in Australia to evacuate 500 people.
Fire and rescue teams in the Australian Capital Territory were called out to investigate calls of "a strong smell of gas" inside the University of Canberra library."Firefighters have completed a search of the building and located the source of the smell," read a statement from the emergency services department.
Considered the "king of fruits" in many South-east Asian countries, the distinctive odour of durian is very divisive – food writer Richard Sterling once described it as "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock”.
This is the second time in a year that a durian has led to the mass evacuation of a university library in Australia.In 2018, 600 staff and students at the RMIT campus in Melbourne's central business district were evacuated as 40 firefighters and a specialist crew searched the building for a suspected gas leak.