A German post office was evacuated as a package when a strong, pungent odor that sent six workers to the hospital turned out to be durian fruit, known for its particularly strong smell.
Sixty individuals were cleared, while 12 workers were treated for nausea after an unknown package leaked its smelly odor, causing the Bavarian post office to evacuate.
Six ambulances, five first-responder cars, two emergency vehicles, and three different fire department stations were dispatched to stabilize the situation.
The Schweinfurt police, in a statement, said:
“Due to the unknown content, it was initially unclear whether the suspect package posed a greater risk.”
The suspect package, upon later inspection of the authorities, turned out to be Thai durian fruit.The local police added:
“12 postal workers had complained of nausea because of the fruits and were treated by medical personnel at the scene. Out of the 12, six were taken to a local hospital as a precaution.”
The durian fruit, known for its pungent odor, has already caused numerous evacuations globally, victimizing bystanders who are not aware of the existence of the aforementioned fruit.
The commotion-causing fruit had been sent to a 50-year old resident and was eventually received by the recipient.
Food writer Richard Sterling likened the Durian to a “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.”
According to the Smithsonian, Durians are a divisive fruit from Thailand and are known for their strong odor. Additionally, the mixture of chemicals in the fruit creates a unique scent.