UPDATE: Centerville alters eclipse glasses giveaway, cites safety, accessibility

The city of Centerville will give away 2,500 sets of solar eclipse glasses at just one location instead of two “to accommodate for safety and accessibility.”

The glasses will be available for free at Cornerstone Park, 5210 Cornerstone N. Blvd. from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 15. Interest in eclipse glasses has exceeded expectations, city officials said.

“Public safety is of utmost importance when the city plans events for the community,” Community Resources Coordinator Drew Simon said in a statement. “We anticipate a large crowd. We are planning for plenty of parking and easy access so everyone can safely and conveniently get to our giveaway.”

Because of the expected popularity of the glasses, tickets will be distributed by city staff to those waiting in line at each location starting at 3 p.m. Each person will receive one ticket, and attendees must have a ticket to receive a pair of glasses.

Proof of Centerville residency will not be required to receive a pair of glasses.

The city said it will work to ensure those with disabilities will be able to participate. To make accommodations, call 937-433-7151.

Centerville will notify the public when glasses are gone on its social media pages and via its website, www.centervilleohio.gov.

North America won’t experience totality again until 2033, with Alaska getting sole dibs. Then that’s it until 2044, when totality will be confined to Western Canada, Montana and North Dakota.

There won’t be another U.S. eclipse, spanning coast to coast, until 2045. That one will stretch from Northern California all the way to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Aside from Carbondale, Illinois, in the crosshairs of both the 2017 and 2024 eclipses, it usually takes 400 years to 1,000 years before totality returns to the same spot, according to Kelly Korreck, NASA’s eclipse program manager.

Reporting from the Associated Press was included in this report.

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