Wow... One question that comes to mind is, two chief officers there, and allowed to perform like that? One has to question the leadership and their thinking! Another thing to take in consideration is, and FETC correct me if I'm wrong, that the gas struts will launch at 350 degrees. Yes I know this car might of had hinges, just a reminder of the newer models.
They made it not only unsafe for themselves, but more difficult then needed.
The guy at the end with the ax, look more like his was taking his frustration out.. on the hood??
OK, just for the record, there is a neat little tool, small hook on one end, bout 14" long with a t-handle. Put in just to the right of center and hook the cable then twist and pull, hood pops right open.
Ok..safety is the first issue.. not wearing the proper PPE - MAJOR problem !.. How about a wizzer saw and just cut a triangle over the locxking mechanism and just eliminate the lock altogether if you cant get it ?.. You are going to destroy the hood anyway so it takes 2 cuts and about 2 minutes of your time. This method works well with cars that are a total loss also with any siutation