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Texas woman celebrating divorce blows up wedding gown in blast which can be seen 15 miles away

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A Texas woman found a creative way to finalize the end of her 14-year with more than just a signature. Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler, 43, celebrated her with a party that culminated in a massive explosion of her dress that was felt for miles, 15 miles away in fact.

Santleben-Stiteler originally planned to just burn the dress, which she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “represented a lie,” but her family thought of a bigger way to get rid of the symbol of her marriage.

Rather than simply throwing the dress into a , Kimberly’s dad and brother-in- came up with the idea of burning the dress with exploding targets. The dress was rigged with 20 pounds of Tannerite, an explosive component used for firearms training.

A video posted to by her sister, Carla Santleben-Newport, shows the Texas teacher at her , which had been rigged with 20 pounds of an explosive called tannerite, at her father’s farm in LaCoste, Texas. With around 40 people looking on, Santleben-Stiteler hits on her first try, sending the dress up in flames.

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Posted by Carla Santleben-Newport on Saturday, 10 November 2018

At the end of the day, Santleben-Newport said the so-called “divorce party” was more about family than her sister’s ex.

“It wasn’t done for him or about him,” she said. “It was just our family having a fun-filled .”

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