Shoppers line up for chance to buy eclipse glasses

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. As Monday’s eclipse draws nearer, people in the Ozarks are scrambling to get glasses to view the solar show.

HyVee’s Springfield store said it expects to receive about 6,000 pairs of the special lenses sometime Wednesday.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, a line had formed with about 30 shoppers waiting to get the glasses when they arrive. By 10 a.m., the crowd had swelled to more than 100 people lined out the door.

The store had to cut off the line for glasses. It sold out in about two hours, selling all 6,000 pair. Schools bought up about half of them.

HyVee said it expected a shipment of another 6,000 pair Thursday, however, a store representative said late Wednesday morning that the shipment is delayed in customs, and its not clear when the shipment will arrive. The store did did take down names of people who waited but then were told they sold out.

The store warned people to be prepared for the heat if they plan to wait. One person in line collapsed because of the heat.

HyVee had five registers dedicated to just glasses.

The Springfield area will not see a total eclipse Monday. The best viewing spots in the state are in a line diagonally from St. Joseph through Jefferson City down to the Cape Girardeau area.

It’s expected to begin just after 1 p.m. in St. Joseph, with the viewing times lasting from a minute to two and a half minutes, depending on where you are along that line.

(Jo Hall)