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Tuesday 14 May 2013. Michael Molloy, DeWadden Drive, Arklow. Pipe Bomb in the wheelie bin.

Tuesday 14 May 2013. Michael Molloy, DeWadden Drive, Arklow. Pipe Bomb in the wheelie bin.

Tuesday 14 May 2013. Michael Molloy, DeWadden Drive, Arklow. Pipe Bomb in the wheelie bin.

AN innocent man was lucky to escape with his life when a crude bomb exploded outside his house.

Michael Molloy (60) was in the living room of his home in Arklow when the device went off, spraying ball-bearings and metal fragments in all directions.

The blast was so strong that it blew Michael's wheelie bin apart and catapulted it across the garden.

Investigating gardai say there is no reason why Michael would be targetted in this way as he is an innocent man.

The incident happened in the DeWadden Drive estate in the Templerainey area of Arklow at 10.30pm on Monday night.

Shock

"I was sitting in the living room when I heard a huge bang and I shot two feet up off the sofa with the shock," Michael told the Herald.

"I looked out but I could see nobody, and when I opened the door I saw the bin was burst open and there was a huge mess everywhere," he added.

As he spoke, a team of gardai combed the garden for evidence, gathering up ball-bearings and other fragments of the device.

"If I had been standing at the door these guys might have ended up investigating a murder case," said Michael.

Garda sources said three shotgun cartridges had been found in follow-up searches of the area in north Arklow.

"It would appear that whoever did this was using gun powder from shotgun cartridges to make some sort of device packed with ball-bearings," they explained.

"This is a very serious situation and therefore the decision has been taken to scour the area to ensure there are no further explosives," the source added.

Gardai investigating the case are working on the theory that the device was planted in Michael's garden in a case of mistaken identity, or by youths who are testing the firepower of crude pipe bombs they are making.

"I've had no rows with anybody. I can't see why anyone would want to kill me," Michael said.

"I think these guys were testing this thing out. I chain my wheelie bin to a pipe to stop it being stolen, and on Monday morning it looked to me like somebody had tried to move it, so maybe they came back and put this thing behind it later," Michael added.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

henws@herald.ie


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