Still on the hunt for solar eclipse glasses? You'll want to read this

Posted at 5:00 AM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 07:38:54-04

It's clear most folks want to see the moon passing over the sun through a pair of solar eclipse glasses. The demand has been insane.

"I think a lot more than we had anticipated," said Nick Levezzo, Assistant store manager at Lowe's in Clearwater.

That store had the glasses on the shelf for one week - before they were gone. Levezzo says all the locations in our area are sold out.

ABC Action News reporter Heather Leigh hit up stores that were rumored to have the glasses but she was out of luck. Walmart was sold out and didn't expect to get any more delivered. Only certain Circle K stores had them in stock but they're all gone now too. Toys-R-Us doesn't have them either anywhere in the state! 

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7/11 and Best Buy suggest calling to see if they get any new shipments over the weekend or even Monday.

But even still, there are no guarantee. But, the glasses are out there, you just may have to share them.

"This morning when we opened the first five calls in five minutes we're all about the glasses," said Rino Landa, with the Clearwater Public Library.

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They have 40 available to anyone who shows up on Monday between 2 and 4 PM. They've also got two telescopes with solar filters.

"If you wear the glasses, you're going to get a tiny, tiny ball. With an 8 inch mirror like this it's going to be a very big of you," said David Stoner, the Public Library division manager.

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Libraries in Hillsborough County also have the glasses. The summer movie event Friday, at John F. Germany library will have 10-15 pairs for the first people who ask. Librarians ask everyone to be patient and understanding as there are only a limited amount of glasses to hand out.

There are also TWO viewing events on Monday, where glasses will be shared. The first is at the 78th street community library starting at 1 PM. There will be 200 glasses there.

The second event is Monday at the North Tampa Branch Library starting at 2:30 - this event is for kids and will also hand out 200 glasses to share. 

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