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Ax-throwing becomes latest competitive sport in Pittsburgh

Competitive ax-throwing is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and Corey Deasy — owner of Lumberjaxes Axe Throwing Pittsburgh — is one of many taking full advantage of this trend: He’s opening up what he says is the largest ax-throwing facility in the country.

For those who have never tried it, Deasy offers a short pitch: "It’s like darts, but with axes."

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With more than 7,000 square feet of warehouse-style space, Luberjaxes in Millvale, Penn., has surpassed any other indoor facility of its kind in this country, Deasy said.

If safety is a concern, Deasy says his wife competed in an ax-throwing tournament while she was eight months pregnant. “She nearly won," he added.

And this ax-throwing venue is not the only one of its kind. “They’re pretty much opening one or two a day across the country,” Deasy told Fox News.

Competitive ax-throwing facilities first opened up in Canada a decade ago, according to Lumberjaxes. Many facilities are designed for first-timers and experienced ax-throwers alike, providing a training course at the beginning of the visit for those who need it.

“They’ll… teach you the proper technique,” Deasy said.

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For those who are looking to get more competitive, the National Axe Throwing Federation, established last year, provides rules for competitions.

Michelle Chavez is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Pittsburgh.