As of Wednesday afternoon, several local brick-and-mortar stores were sold out of safety glasses to use during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, but local residents can still get them at some locales.
Outdoor Chattanooga is giving away 1,000 pairs at their 200 River St. location in Coolidge Park Aug. 14 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. There’s a limit of five per person, while supplies last.
Comcast is hosting an event the day of the eclipse where attendees will get protective glasses.
About 200 pairs will be available at the Comcast Eclipse Experience, which will take place Aug. 21 in Coolidge Park from noon to 4 p.m. Area food trucks will be on-site.
GreenSpaces is also hosting an eclipse watch party where protective glasses will be available. Click here to register.
Elder’s Ace Hardware on Dayton Boulevard, Target, Lowe’s, Barnes & Noble and Walmart in the Hamilton Place area all said they were sold out Wednesday. Home Depot and Books-A-Million in Hixson also didn’t have any.
Some of those stores may be restocked before the eclipse, though.
As of Wednesday afternoon, glasses were available to order online, but experts have warned consumers to be careful about what kind they purchase because scammers are trying to pass off unsafe pairs as ones certified by the International Organization for Standardization.
Visitors at the Tennessee Aquarium can forgo glasses and watch the event streamed live from noon to 3 p.m. Aquarium guests can also observe how some of the animals there react to the eclipse. Click here for more about that.
In Chattanooga, the eclipse will start at 1:02 p.m., and 99.55 percent of the sun’s light will be covered at 2:32 p.m.