Some rotten fruit stank out RMIT University in Melbourne’s CBD yesterday so badly that the whole place had to be evacuated.
Firefighters were called to the Latrobe Street campus just after 3pm after the smell of gas was reported in a library, leading to around 500 students and teachers being evacuated.
An investigation was launched into the source of the smell because the building was known to store potentially dangerous chemicals — but it all it turned up was some durian fruit left rotting in a cupboard.
Even when it’s ripe durian is considered the smelliest fruit in the world, leading to it being banned from places like planes and trains.
Apparently the smell had been filtered through the building by the air conditioning system.
The building had been reopened by 6pm, with the Environment Protection Authority called in to remove the fruit.