A home-made bomb exploded while an army bomb disposal team worked to defuse it overnight in Ashbourne, Co Meath.
The team began examining the device at about 12.45am. After almost an hour, when they were defusing it, the bomb went off. No one was injured - an evacuation of the area had already taken place - but there was some damage to the house behind which the device was placed.
At the time of the explosion, neither the bomb disposal officer nor the robot used to defuse bombs was next to the device, which was located at the rear of a private house at the Milltown estate, Ashbourne, Co Meath.
The remains of the device were collected and given to gardaí for examination.