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Post office workers hospitalised over package containing smelly fruit

A German post office was forced to evacuate and six workers were taken to the hospital due to a suspicious, pungent package that turned out to contain a particularly smelly fruit.

About 60 people were cleared from the post office in Schweinfurt on Saturday and 12 workers were treated for nausea, local media reported. Six ambulances, five first-responder cars, two emergency vehicles and three different fire departments were involved in the incident, Schweinfurt police said in a statement given to CNN.

Polarising: durian fruit.

Polarising: durian fruit.Credit:TNS

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

Workers feared the package was releasing a harmful gas, but careful examination revealed the parcel contained four Thai durian fruits, Bayerischer Rundfunk reported.

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