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Rule #1 of Live TV: Don't hit anyone with an axe

At least it wasn’t a trident.

A FOX NEWS anchor narrowly avoided disaster last week when he misfired an axe on live television, striking an unfortunately placed marching-band drummer.

The thrower of the axe is Fox and Friends co-host Pete Hegseth, who was attempting to strike a bull’s-eye on a wooden board in front of him during a June 14 broadcast, according to The Huffington Post.

The rogue axe ended up striking Jeff Prosperie of the West Point Hellcats marching band, HuffPost added.

“It could of been much worse or fatal,” Prosperie wrote on Facebook, adding that he had suffered cuts on his wrist.

I have been reluctant to post but starting to receive inquiries from concerned family and friends. I am thankful to God that the double sided blade only hit broadside on the outer elbow with significant impact.

The video of Prosperie being struck by the axe was captured by cellphone footage and edited together with the video of Hegseth chucking the ax and wincing in horror.

Prosperie posted it to his Facebook on Saturday, and it quickly went viral.

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In a follow-up post on Facebook, Prosperie said he was on the set of “Fox and Friends” in honor of the Army’s 240th birthday and Flag Day.

“My leadership told me they were told there would be no axe throwing; I think the anchor person went rogue and decided to throw it,” Prosperie said, adding that Hegseth had “only thrown it once before in practice for an upcoming segment and they told him to throw it with more force”.

Prosperie characterized the incident as “obvious negligence,” saying it should not have happened and could have been avoided.

“When shooting or throwing, always know what is behind your target,” Prosperie said on Facebook. “Basic safety rule.”

- Matthew Speiser

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