The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimeters (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance but others find the aroma overpowering with an unpleasant odour. This was the unexpected cause of an incident in Melbourne.
A rotting durian sparked fears of a major gas leak in a Melbourne library on Saturday, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of students and dozens of firefighters donning breathing apparatus as they investigated what was happening. Firefighters were called to the RMIT campus on Latrobe Street just after 3pm after a smell of gas was reported. Almost 40 firefighters, including masked specialist crews, searched the building for the source of the smell. Traffic was disrupted around RMIT University just after 3pm on Saturday.Approximately 600 students and teachers were evacuated by Victoria Police. They had been forced into on-campus accommodation while emergency services investigated the incident. A Metropolitan Fire Brigade statement said the smell had moved around the building via the airconditioning system. The fruit is banned from subways and airplanes around the world and from hotel rooms and public transport in southeast Asia.