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Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler. (Facebook / Carla Santleben-Newporther)
Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler. (Facebook / Carla Santleben-Newporther)

Had a blast

Woman celebrates her divorce in one of the most cathartic ways ever

By WITW Staff on November 13, 2018

A Texas woman who recently divorced her husband threw a party to mark the closing of that unhappy chapter of her life and those close to her came up with a unique way to do away with a piece of wedding day nostalgia that caused her lingering pain.

Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler recently ended her 14-year marriage, but was still haunted by her wedding dress. She decided setting it on fire might be a dramatic way to dispose of the garment. But the 43-year-old Texas woman’s father and brother-in-law had other ideas to make disposing of the dress a wee bit more memorable. Why not blow it up?

“I had a lot of advice and suggestions from friends and family, like donating it for premature babies and baptism gowns,” Santleben-Stiteler told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “However, to me, the dress represented a lie. I wanted to have a divorce party to burn the dress.”

“I told my family (mom, dad, two sisters and brother-in-law), and they thought it was a fabulous idea. My dad and brother-in-law took it to the next level,” she added in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle.

At her father’s farm in Lacoste, about 25 miles outside of San Antonio, Santleben-Stiteler’s father and brother-in-law loaded up the dress with 20 pounds of tannerite, an explosive substance, and a target that would trigger an explosion when hit. With about 40 people on hand to witness the momentous occasion, Santleben-Stiteler picked up a rifle, fixed her gaze on the dress, which was about 200 yards away, and pulled the trigger. According to Carla Santleben-Newporther, her sister, she hit it on the first shot — a moment that was captured on video.

A massive, fiery explosion erupted, lighting up the night Texas sky — a blast that could be heard and felt as far as 15 miles away. Ahh, catharsis.

Watch the full video of the shot heard round the San Antonio suburbs below.

https://www.facebook.com/csantleben/videos/10156691064641083/?permPage=1

 

Read the full story at Yahoo.

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