Stinky fruit has led to the evacuation of a university library in Melbourne’s CBD.
Traffic was disrupted around RMIT University on Saturday as about 600 staff and students cleared the building amid fears of a gas leak.
Specialist crews wearing masks searched the building for the source of the smell, which turned out to be rotting durian left in a cupboard.
A Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman said the smell had alarmed staff and students as it permeated the air-conditioning system.
The waste will be dealt with by Environment Protection Authority officers.
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Durian is a tropical fruit known for its strong smell.
It is commonly banned from hotel rooms and public transport in southeast Asia.