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A Divorced Texas Woman Blew Up Her Wedding Dress In An Explosion That Was Felt "15 Miles Away"

Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler said blowing up her dress felt "like being on set of some action movie."

Posted on November 14, 2018, at 6:01 p.m. ET

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A Texas woman kissed her 14-year marriage goodbye with a giant blaze of fire on Saturday.

After finalizing her divorce the day before, Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler, 43, gathered with her loved ones for a "divorce party" on her dad's farm in Lacoste, Texas, she told the Star-Telegram.

As part of the festivities, Santleben-Stiteler decided she wanted to burn her wedding dress.

β€œI wanted to remove all things from our marriage from our house β€” photos in the attic, ring in the safe (but probably going to sell it), and the dress I wanted to burn,” Santleben-Stiteler, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News, said.

β€œI had a lot of advice and suggestions from friends and family, like donating it for premature babies and baptism gowns," she said. "However, to me, the dress represented a lie. I wanted to have a divorce party to burn the dress.”

But this wound up being no ordinary wedding dress burning β€” it was a wedding dress explosion.

At the suggestion of her dad and brother-in-law, Santleben-Stiteler rigged the dress with $200 of Tannerite, an explosive, and shot it with a gun from 100 yards away.

β€œWe have a friend who is a bomb tech, and he kept saying, β€˜That’s really a lot,’ like five different times when we told him our plan, so we had to back it up,” Santleben-Stiteler's sister, Carla Santleben-Newport, told the Star-Telegram.

When the dress blew up in a fiery inferno after a single shot, the whole party cheered.

Then there came a flood of concerned texts. People had reportedly felt the explosion "at least 15 miles away."

β€œWe were all getting messages asking if that was our explosion people were feeling and hearing around the county, up to at least 15 miles away,” Santleben-Newport said. β€œIt was like, β€˜Uh, is everything okay over there?’”

Santleben-Stiteler said blowing up her dress felt "liberating."

β€œOn the one hand, it was like being on set of some action movie. The explosion was huge,” she said. β€œIt was liberating pulling that trigger. It was closure for all of us.”