Solar eclipse glasses distributed by Piqua library not safe for use

Solar eclipse glasses distributed by the Piqua Public Library are not safe for viewing the eclipse and are part of a recall, according to the library’s director.

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The library was notified that glasses they purchased through might have been counterfeit and are not certified as safe for use. The library purchased 80 pairs of the glasses and distributed them on Aug. 7.

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“If you received a pair of eclipse glasses from the library, we are asking you NOT use them, for your own safety,” Piqua Public Library Director James Oda said in the prepared release. “Without a manufacturer’s safety certification, there is no guarantee that the glasses that were given out by the library will protect your eyesight while watching the eclipse.”

Oda said when the library purchased the glasses in July, the brand listed was not listed as a potentially dangerous. But new information from the online retailer said Amazon has not been able to verify the manufacturer’s certifications.

Anyone who received eclipse glasses distributed from the Piqua Public Library are asked to discard them.