On the 27th April 1951, Torpex filled depth charges on board
the Naval Armament Vessel BEDENHAM ignited other
ammunition leading to a gigantic explosion which hurled debris miles up in the air.
The major explosion was so big that numerous distorted metal pieces
of the Bedenham landed on Catalan Bay, a
small village on the eastern side of Gibraltar.
Considering the magnitude of the explosion, the number of victims
was quite low, mainly due to the fact that this
fortified walls deflected the debris upwards, thus not hitting the houses within the town area.