03/04/2014 05:34 BST | Updated 03/04/2014 05:59 BST

Irish Bomber 'Blew Himself Up Because He Forgot About Clocks Changing'

Irish police are investigating whether a gangland bomber accidentally blew himself up after he forgot about the clocks changing for Daylight Savings Time while he was planting a bomb.

Police are hunting for a man who fled the scene “dripping in blood” after a bomb exploded in his face while he was apparently trying to plant it under a Volvo SUV in the densely populated New Street and Clanbrassil Street area.

“His entire face was covered in what I thought was blood, but now know were severe burns,” a witness told the Irish Examiner.

“It would appear that the bomber got his timings wrong,” a police source told the Mirror. “It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday and the timer went off too soon.”

A man has since been admitted to Mater Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries to his face and upper body, the Belfast Telegraph reported. The police are waiting to interview him.