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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.


Read the full story at Yahoo.


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