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Thai durians trigger evacuation of post office in German town

  • Thai durians caused pandemonium at a post office in a German town in Bavaria, sending six postal workers to hospital and causing the complete evacuation of the facility, according to a CNN report.
  • The incident took place last Saturday at a post office in Schweinfurt, after staff noticed a pungent smell emanating from a package.
  • A statement from Schweinfurt police said that, due to the unknown content of the package, it was initially unclear whether the suspect contents posed a risk, adding that 12 postal workers, who complained of nausea, had to be taken care of on site and six were sent to hospital as a precaution.
  • Six ambulances and seven other emergency vehicles rushed to the scene.
  • The entire post office building was evacuated, with around 60 employees forced to leave before the package could be examined.
  • The package was found to contain four Thai durian fruits, being sent to a local resident from a friend in Nuremberg. The fruit was eventually delivered to its intended recipient.
  • This is not the first time that durians have caused a problem. In November 2018, an Indonesian aircraft was temporarily grounded after a passenger complained about a foul smell in the cabin.



Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)