POINT PLEASANT – Solar eclipse glasses owners beware! Jenkinson’s Boardwalk issued a statement on their Facebook page on Sunday night, August 20 advising customers that the supplier of the solar eclipse glasses sold on their boardwalk is no longer recommending them for solar eclipse viewing.
“It has been brought to our attention that the supplier of our solar eclipse glasses, EverythingBranded.com, has issued a warning and DOES NOT RECOMMEND USING THEM TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE (8/21/2017),” the post stated.
A statement from EverythingBranded.com said that while they only use trusted suppliers and recently confirmed the glasses met standards, they decided to conduct their own set of testing to provide extra safety for customers, after several companies were caught selling fake solar eclipse glasses. Because these tests would not be able to get completed in time for today’s solar eclipse, the company is recommending people not to use them.
In New Jersey, a partial eclipse, where the moon touches the sun’s edge, will begin at 1:21 p.m. in Trenton, according to the website timeanddate.com. A maximum eclipse will be at 2:44 p.m., when the moon is closest to the center of the sun. The partial eclipse will end at 4:01 p.m., when the moon leaves the sun’s edge.
Viewing the solar eclipse without glasses can cause damage to the eyes and is not recommended. Fire Official Kevin Esposito with the Toms River Bureau of Fire Protection advised Ocean County residents last week to check the American Astronomical Society’s website at eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters for a list of trusted vendors selling solar eclipse glasses prior to viewing today’s eclipse.
A full refund will be issued to anyone who purchased solar eclipse glasses at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. Customers should return them either directly to where they purchased them, or mail them to 500 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Any questions can be directed to [email protected].