Portland resident Dan Fellini bought a pack of four solar eclipse glasses with his wife and a friend.
Don't look at the sun during the eclipse or at any other time through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device, even if wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.
To safely view the eclipse, pick up ISO certified eclipse glasses.
Chipps' email came on the heels of Friday's announcement by Dr. Jeff Pape of Authier Miller Pape Eye Care in Norfolk that the eclipse glasses it had distributed might be counterfeit and not safe for people to use during the eclipse.
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Eclipse watchers in the 60 to 70-mile wide "path of totality" that will cut through much of the middle USA could briefly look directly at the eclipse without protection when the moon fully covers the sun.
A shop steward for Local 2665, the union that includes Cedar Hill Firefighters, said they ordered about 250 glasses from Amazon to hand out.
As August 21 nears, scammers are flooding the market with fake solar eclipse glasses.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society will offer more information about solar eclipses and show people how to make a pinhole eclipse viewer during the nonprofit group's general meeting at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. However, these locations are not certified by NASA and the American Astronomical Society. Sunglasses, even dark ones, aren't safe for looking at an eclipse.
"There's no reason to panic if you don't have eclipse viewers themselves", he said.