Tuesday, 31 May, 2011
Alarm Clocks Blow Up
When clocks become dangerous: France, Belgium, Dutch investigate IKEA blasts.
French, Belgian and Dutch police have launched investigations after minor explosions struck IKEA [IKEA.UL] stores in each country late on Monday in what appears to have been a coordinated attack.
No one was seriously hurt in the blasts at the world's biggest furniture retailer, although two workers in Belgium suffered minor injuries.
Rigged alarm clocks blew up in IKEA stores in Ghent in Belgium and Lille in France, and there was an explosion in a bin outside the IKEA store in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
The alarm clocks were linked to small amounts of gunpowder, and prosecutors said they did not think that the bombers had intended to cause significant injury.
The image shows a random alarm clock bomb. The clocks used in the IKEA blasts probably were a bit more subtle.