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Amazon recalls some solar eclipse glasses


If you bought your solar eclipse glasses on Amazon, you’d better be careful.

Amazon is recalling some of its solar eclipse glasses, saying they aren’t sure if the glasses were made by the right manufacturer, KGW in Portland, Oregon, reported. A KGW photographer got an email from Amazon, saying the glasses the station bought weren’t confirmed as safe, the station reported.

“We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” Amazon wrote in the email. The problem is, Amazon couldn’t confirm that the glasses came from a recommended manufacturer.

The American Astronomical Society recommends that eclipse viewers only buy glasses from their list of reputable sellers, just to be safe.

Eclipse glasses are the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun, according to the American Astronomical Society. Sunglasses, even dark ones, aren’t dark enough to safely look directly at the sun.

The solar eclipse will occur at 1:21 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Belleville/St. Louis area. Many local businesses and organizations are hosting viewing sessions or parties so people can safely enjoy the eclipse.

Read the BND’s coverage of the 2017 solar eclipse here.