A Texas woman said goodbye to married life with laughter, tears, and 20 pounds of high explosives, at an unconventional "divorce party" last week.
These days, it's not unusual for women to cheerfully mark their the end of their marriages with parties, which sometimes involve "trashing the dress," a game where they rip up or ruin their wedding dress in a creative way.
But Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler, 43, wouldn't settle for just shredding or burning her dress, as most divorcees do.
At a party attended by dozens of friends, she blew up her old dress in an explosion which could be felt 15 miles away.
"I had a lot of advice and suggestions from friends and family, like donating it for premature babies and baptism gowns. However, to me, the dress represented a lie," she explained to the Star-Telegram.
So Santleben-Stiteler recruited her father to arrange for the massive blast, which she triggered by firing a scoped rifle at a target packed with explosives.
"We have a friend who is a bomb tech and he kept saying, 'That's really a lot,' like five different times when we told him our plan, so we had to back it up," her sister Carla revealed.
He also encouraged them to move the target another 100 yards away, which might have been a good idea based on the huge explosion it triggered.
In fact, the blast was so big that Santleben-Stiteler ended up marking her divorce with the rest of her county.
"We 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," she told reporters.
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It might have been a little chaotic, but the newly single Santleben-Stiteler has no regrets about blasting her dress to smithereens.
"It was liberating pulling that trigger," she said. "It was closure for all of us."