A suspected car bomber in Dublin, Ireland, may have forgotten about the “spring forward” Daily Savings Time adage and apparently almost blew himself up in a possible timer malfunction.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene covered in blood after the device n question went off in his face and earlier then he anticipated.
According to a theory put forward by a source, “It would appear that the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday [at 1 am] and the timer went off too soon.”
The suspected car bomber apparently planted a bomb underneath the Volvo SUV of a local businessman Sunday night, the same night when the time changed in Ireland and clocks were turned ahead. Witnesses said the injured suspect left the scene in a taxi. The bomb squad responded to the scene, although the SUV was completely destroyed. In the US, unlike Ireland, Daylight Savings Time started back on March 9.
The same source claimed that “this certainly was a high-grade explosive used in this bomb. It wasn’t garbage stuff. It would appear the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday [at 1 am] and the timer went off too soon. However, it is more likely he didn’t realize just how powerful the explosives would be. If anyone had been in the car or walking near it at the time then they would have been killed.”
Police detectives in Dublin are investigating this incident which may or may not be gang related. The suspect — who police believe suffered major injuries and likely needs medical treatment — is still at large.
The businessman who was targeted in the attack has no criminal record.
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Lots of Garda activity still in the area, 2 hours after this car exploded on Long Lane in Dublin. pic.twitter.com/OxSFCbEqus
— Alan Bennett (@PoloBoy) March 31, 2014