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A Woman Blows Up Her Wedding Dress In Celebration Of Her Divorce After Being Married For 14 Years

A Woman Has An Explosive Celebration Due To Her Divorce Being Finalized

By: Brianna Wigfall

A Texas woman celebrates with a big bang by blowing up her wedding dress amid her divorce being finalized. Kimberly Santleben held a divorce party on her father’s farm in Lacoste, Texas on Saturday and instead of fireworks she wanted the event to be explosive, with her wedding dress in it. Texans could feel the explosive impact from 15 miles away in which Santleben said sent ‘waves of relief’ through her body. Her 14-year marriage was finally concluded just the day before in a Medina County courtroom, and she wore an ‘I’m not with stupid’ tiara proudly at the celebration.

Leading up to the ultimate ‘bomb the dress’ divorce party Santleben, with the help of her dad and brother-in-law, laced the dress with 20 pounds of Tannerite which according to Star-Telegram runs about $200. According to, the explosive, that was created by Daniel Tanner is a safe and legal binary reactive target. In order to activate the explosion, Kimberly would have to shoot the dress to ignite the explosive components, so she did some target practicing leading up to the event. “When shot with a high-power rifle it produces a water vapor and a thunderous boom,” the site says.

“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,” Kimberly’s sister Carla Santleben-Newport said.

Kimberly’s training paid off because she hit the target on the first shot and the wedding dress went up into flames along with everyone’s hurt and anguish from the marriage.

“On the one hand, it was like being on the set of some action movie. The explosion was huge,” Kimberly said. “It was liberating pulling that trigger. It was closure for all of us.”

With 40 people in attendance at the divorce party, they weren’t the only ones who heard the ruckus. People as far out as 15 miles were impacted as well.

“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,” Carla said. “It was like, ‘Uh, is everything okay over there’?”

The 43-year-old said more than anything she wanted to get rid of the memories attached to her marriage. “I wanted to remove all thing from our marriage from our house. Photos in the attic, ring in the safe (but I’m probably going to sell it) and the dress I wanted to burn. ”

“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. I wanted to have a divorce party to burn the dress,” she said.

Carla says the celebration was a great way to celebrate her sister’s divorce and as the explosion went off her friends and family were there yelling and celebrating with her. Kimberly shared a photo of the explosion on facebook saying, “This is what happened when your dad and #1 brother-in-law finds out you want to burn your wedding dress. This was a gazillion times better.”

Many locals commented saying, “The blast was heard around the country, I heard it from my house.”

Another jokingly said, “I haven’t seen a bird or a squirrel all day! Thanks for getting the squirrels to run and hide!”

“Black said he heard it here at our house too,” on user chimed in. “He actually thought something hit the house.”

Kimberly gives credit to her faith and family for being there for her through it all.

“God is GREAT, and my family is AMAZING!” she wrote on Facebook. “I am so grateful for their love and support.”

Source: Star-Telegram,, KSAT News, Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler Facebook,

By: Brianna Wigfall | Web: | Instagram: Brianne. Live