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What do you do to move on after a 14-year marriage ends in divorce. If you're Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler of La Coste, Texas, you lace your wedding dress in explosives and shoot a gun at it, letting the past melt away in an explosion of fire and gunpowder.


Over the weekend of November 10, Kimberly used "$200 worth of rifle targets, called tannerite" to turn her dress into a firebomb waiting to happen. With the help of her sister, Carla Santleben-Newport, and her dad, she captured video of herself shooting a rifle at the marital dress from 200 feet away, resulting in a pretty epic bit of catharsis.



Carla posted the video to Facebook, along with the hashtags "#TheLoserIsGone, #OurFamilyAndFriendsAreAwesome and #YourGirlfriendSucks."


Kimberly, 43 years old, commented that she wanted everything from her marriage out of the house, either thrown away, donated, or (in the case of the dress) incinerated:

"I wanted to remove all things from our marriage from the house...Photos in the attic, ring in the safe (but 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 babied and baptism gowns. To me, the dress represented a lie. I wanted to have a divorce party to burn the dress."



More than 40 people were invited to the event. Party guests were given complimentary "I'm Not with Stupid Anymore" headbands and the chance to witness Kimberly's liberation first hand.




For Kimberly, the event wasn't about "getting back" at her ex:

"It wasn't done for him or about him. It was just our family having a fun-filled celebration."

Of course, she also made sure the explosion was safe by keeping a bomb-tech friend nearby at all times.

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



The internet was wowed by the fiery ending to Kimberly's marriage:








Carla Santleben-Newport/Facebook


Carla Santleben-Newport/Facebook


Carla Santleben-Newport/Facebook


Though there were a few people who had regrets over the loss of a nice dress...



Congrats on moving into the next stage of your life, Kimberly! May you find joy and contentment by looking forward rather than looking back.



Carla Santleben-Newport/Facebook

H/T - Indy 100, Somecards

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