A Texas woman blew up her wedding dress to celebrate her divorce.

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This Texas woman blew up her wedding dress to celebrate divorce

She said the dress 'represented a lie.'

Nov 14, 2018, 6:34 pm


Alexis Tatum 

Alexis Tatum

A Texas woman ended her marriage of 14 years with a bang—literally. She threw a divorce party and blew her wedding dress up, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler, 43, enlisted the help of her father and brother-in-law to set her wedding gown on fire. The final result was even more dramatic and, according to Santleben-Stiteler’s Facebook, “a gazillion times better!!!!!” than just a plain ol’ dress burn.

This is what happens when your Dad and #1 brother-in-law finds out you want to burn your wedding dress 😳😳 This was a gazillion times better!!!!!

Posted by Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler on Sunday, November 11, 2018

Santleben-Stiteler hosted the divorce party in LaCoste, Texas, with family and friends, wearing a shirt that said “Y’all I’m single AF.” She told the Centre Daily Times that she wanted to burn the dress because “it represented a lie.”

At the end of the party, Santleben-Stiteler shot the dress, loaded with 20 pounds of explosive material, with a rifle. The explosion was said to be heard at least 15 miles away, according to Santleben-Stiteler’s sister. People on social media have both supported and condemned Stantleben’s celebration, calling it a very Texan thing to do.


Despite all of the online chatter, Santleben-Stiteler seems more than satisfied with the explosion of her wedding gown and even changed her Facebook profile picture to commemorate the event. However, Santleben-Stiteler told Circa that she doesn’t recommend that other divorcees follow in her footsteps without supervision.

“I would only recommend it for people that know how to use this stuff,” she said.


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*First Published: Nov 14, 2018, 6:34 pm