A Durian Package Led To A Building Evacuation & Sent 6 People To The Hospital In Germany

The incident happened at a post office in the Bavarian town of Schweinfurt, Germany last Saturday, 20 June.

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A mystery package containing durians has caused a building to be evacuated and sent six individuals to the hospital in Bavaria, Germany

According to United Press International, the incident took place at the municipality's post office in Schweinfurt town on Saturday, 20 June.

Police were alerted about a suspicious smell coming from one of the packages and it led to the evacuation of some 60 people in the building. An elite team was then sent in to inspect the package.

"Due to the unknown content, it was initially unclear whether the suspect package posed a greater risk," the local police said in a statement.

CNN reported that six ambulances, five first responder cars, and two emergency vehicles were deployed to the scene. Three different fire departments were also present to face the unknown threat disrupting lives in the peaceful town filled with historical architecture.

The market square in Schweinfurt, Bavaria.

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It turns out that the package did not a contain a gas bomb, but merely four Thai durians

The durians were sent by a 50-year-old resident of the town to a friend in Nuremberg, reported Berita Harian.

Police said 12 Deutsche Post workers were given medical attention after reportedly suffering from nausea, while six were sent to the hospital as a precaution.

After the foul-up, the fruit was eventually delivered to the recipient.

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This is not the first time a durian 'gas bomb' has caused an elaborate commotion leading to mass building evacuation

RMIT University and the University of Canberra in Australia had in the past made headlines for evacuating students and staff for mistaking the stench of durians to a major gas leak.

In November 2018, an Indonesian plane was forced to be temporarily grounded after passengers complained about an overwhelming smell in the cabin. At the time, the plane was carrying two tones of durians in the cargo, reported BBC.

Meanwhile, durians have become a hot commodity in Malaysia:

If you are craving for durians, here are eight stores that will send the King of Fruit to your front door: