A university library evacuated over a suspected gas leak has reopened after hazardous material crews found out that a discarded piece of fruit was responsible for the unpleasant smell.

Firefighters in Australia were called to the University of Canberra on Friday after a “strong smell of gas” was reported – with hundreds of students leaving the building within minutes so a thorough search could take place.

After an hour, the source of the foul odour was discovered: a durian fruit which had been left in a bin near an air vent on the second floor.

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The durian was once known as the “king of fruits” and is loved for its sweet and savoury flavour – especially in China.

But the fruit has a reputation for its potent stench, with food writer Richard Sterling once claiming that its odour of “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock” can be smelled from yards away.

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