Durian fruit sparks an emergency at a Canberra shopping centre over fears of a gas leak 1

Durian fruit sparks an emergency at a Canberra shopping centre over fears of a gas leak

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How a VERY smelly piece of fruit sparked an emergency at shopping centre

  • Firefighters were called to Dickson Shops in Canberra on Friday before midday
  • They investigated reports of gas leak and community was asked to avoid area 
  • Firefighters later confirmed the source of the smell had come from Durian fruit
  • Durian fruit is known for its pungent smell, which can drift some distance 
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An emergency was sparked at a Canberra shopping centre over fears of a gas leak, but it turned out to just be a smelly piece of fruit.

Firefighters were called to Dickson Shops in Canberra’s inner north on Friday just before midday to investigate reports of a gas leak.

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An exclusion zone wasn’t established, but the community was asked to avoid the area while firefighters determined the ‘source of the leak.’

Firefighters were called to Dickson Shops in Canberra¿s inner north on Friday just before midday to investigate reports of a gas leak

Firefighters were called to Dickson Shops in Canberra’s inner north on Friday just before midday to investigate reports of a gas leak

An exclusion zone wasn¿t established, but the community was asked to avoid the area while firefighters determined the ¿source of the leak

An exclusion zone wasn’t established, but the community was asked to avoid the area while firefighters determined the ‘source of the leak  

However, after an hour at the scene, firefighters confirmed that there was no gas leak, but instead, a Durian fruit had caused the smell.

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The owner of a tenancy above the shops advised firefighters of the potential source of the smell, and a short investigation determined the smelly fruit was the culprit.

Durian fruit is a tropical fruit commonly found across swaths of Asia and is known for its pungent smell, which can drift some distance.

Firefighter crews left the scene shortly after the origins of the smell were confirmed, and individuals were able to re-enter the shopping precinct.

The owner of a tenancy above the shops advised firefighters that the potential source of the smell was from a Durian fruit, which was later confirmed to be the culprit (stock image)

The owner of a tenancy above the shops advised firefighters that the potential source of the smell was from a Durian fruit, which was later confirmed to be the culprit (stock image) 

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This isn’t the first time Durian fruit has led to an evacuation amid fears of potential gas leaks.

In 2019, emergency services responded to reports of ‘a strong smell of gas’ at a University of Canberra Library, causing the building to be evacuated.

Investigations later discovered the Durian fruit close to an air vent on the second level of the library, and it was taken away in a sealed bag.

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