Rather than simply set fire to the dress, as one typically does at their own personal divorce banger, Santleben-Stiteler and her father rigged the gown with 20 pounds of Tannerite -- an explosive substance most frequently used for firearms training. In short, they decorated the dress with an array of exploding targets. “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,” Santleben-Newport said.
Fortunately, when Santleben-Stiteler aimed her gun at one of these targets, she nailed the first shot. Apparently, she's no stranger to firearms, which should probably come as no surprise from a woman who has Tannerite on hand.
“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,” the former bride's sister told reporters. It was, in fact, "really a lot." As it turns out, you should always listen to your bomb technician friend when incinerating your former wedding dress, just as a rule of thumb.
“It was liberating pulling that trigger. It was closure for all of us,” Santleben-Stiteler said, once the party subsided. A healthy form of closure, indeed.