Bomber Forgets About Daylight Saving Time When Setting Timer

Well, this certainly qualifies as a bad day at work:

Irish police believe that a gangland bomber blew himself up after he forgot about the clocks changing for summer time while he was planting a bomb on Sunday.

The police are waiting to interview a man who, it is suspected, was severely injured after the bomb he was planting went off early.

The suspected bomber was seen fleeing the area in Dublin with “blood dripping down his face” after an explosive device planted under a Volvo SUV went off.

The police have suggested that the suspect accidently injured himself in the explosion because he forgot to set his watch forward on the morning of the attack.

“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,” a police source told the Mirror.

Pay attention, people!

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  1. Franklin says:

    So I take it that gangs in Ireland blow crap up rather than do the American-style drive-by shootings?

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    We are either missing a very important piece of info, or that theory is stupid upon utterance. If his watch was off, wouldn’t his timer be off as well? I suppose he could have been trying to hook it up to the cars clock, but that is ridiculous as any STL mob bomber could tell you. Just hook it to the starter, or do like they do in Iraq and use a cell phone.

    Makes no sense to me.

  3. Ben says:


    But cellphones auto-update for daylight savings. So if he had already programed his cellphone to trigger the bomb at a certain time, it would have “sprung forward” on him without his knowledge and detonated an hour early. It’s possible. No one actually uses watches anymore.

  4. grumpy realist says:

    Wasn’t there already a Darwin Award for something similar? Ahh yes…

  5. rudderpedals says:

    Irish police believe that a gangland bomber blew himself up

    I’m okay with this.

  6. roger says:

    Reminded me of the movie, “Kill the Irishman,” based on the life of Danny Greene and the Cleveland gangsters during the 1970s who were into blowing each other up rather than the standard issue drive-by.

  7. Dave D says:

    @Ben: Cell phone triggers usually work not through an alarm but by calling it, which allows the bomber to make sure the target is there.

  8. John H says:


    Doesn’t pass the smell test for me either. Looks like the officials went for the unlikely but funny coincidence, rather than the much more likely design or implementation mistake. Perhaps he pocket dialed the trigger. Now that would be darkly amusing.

  9. bill says:

    @Franklin: they have gun control!

  10. mike shupp says:

    Yet another reason to oppose Daylight Savings Time.