Durian sends 6 to hospital due to smelly ‘mystery’ package

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Durian is smelly. So smelly that those unfamiliar with the pungent stench called emergency services to a post office in Germany, evacuating the entire building and sending a 6 people to the hospital.

Post office workers in Schweinfurt noticed a smell coming from a package. Around 60 employees evacuated the building. Police, firefighters from 3 different departments and emergency services with 6 ambulances were called to the scene. 12 postal workers who got a whiff of the stinky package complained of nausea and were examined by medical first responders. 6 of them went to the hospital for further inspection.

Schweinfurt police said the contents of the package were ‘unclear’.

“Due to the unknown content, it was initially unclear whether the suspect package posed a greater risk.”

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Once building was cleared and the package was examined, it was discovered that it was just fruit. Someone had sent 4 Thai durians home to a friend in Nuremberg.


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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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