Store selling welding goggles to view eclipse

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At this point, it’s glaringly obvious that finding solar eclipse glasses isn’t easy. Many stores are sold out. But you have another option.

Fastenal, an industrial supply store in Wilmington, is selling welding goggles with a glass filter lens that meets NASA standards.

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It’s a shade 13 filter and the business is ordering more for anyone who wants to view the eclipse. These goggles are flying off the shelves, faster than they can keep them in stock.

“I actually went online, did some research and found Nasa.gov has suggested state shade 13 glasses and lenses and so we ordered those and people have been coming in and getting them,” Austin Pope, a Fastenal sales associate, said.

The store is currently sold out of goggles. They will get a new shipment in tomorrow for anyone still looking for a way to view Monday’s solar eclipse.