Axe throwing business opens in NE DC this weekend

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new business is holding an open house in Northeast, D.C. this weekend that brings a rural activity to the city: axe-throwing.

"Darts kind of meets bowling meets lumberjacks," said Bad Axe Throwing operations manager Nick Jahr. "You just, kind of, get all of your anger out, I guess, on the targets. It’s a lot of fun. It’s very therapeutic, almost."

Jahr said the company has expanded from Canada, where it was founded and is, apparently, a pastime.

"It’s just kind of like, we have corn hole, they have axe-throwing, I guess," added Jahr.

Jahr said people who come out go through safety training and coaching and have to sign a waiver before they are allowed to participate. He said all ages are welcome, but those who are under 18 need to have a parent or guardian with them.

"I think the youngest we’ve ever had is a five-year-old girl at one of our locations. She actually was really good. She’s hitting bullseyes pretty consistently. It was kinda scary," he added.

Once you are good to go, Jahr said it is similar to bowling or darts. You throw axes at a board, awarding points depending on where you hit, and there are different games to play.

Jahr said, normally, people are allowed to bring alcohol on-site, but they do not have the necessary permits for the open house this weekend and it will not be allowed.

Jahr said the building can hold between 80 to 90 people, but they tend to lean towards a smaller crowd.

"Just because there’s axes involved, so you don’t want to pack people in here like sardines," added Jahr.