New shipment of solar eclipse glasses is headed for Springfield

People waited in long lines Wednesday for solar eclipse glasses at HyVee

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A shipment of solar eclipse glasses is on its way to Springfield.

A shipment was expected Wednesday but was held up in customs. HyVee representative now says the store expects between 6,000 and 10,000 pairs will arrive from a different supplier after 10 a.m. Friday.

On Wednesday, hundreds of people lined up at the store on W. Battlefield Road. The store reports it sold more than 4,700 pair on Wednesday before turning away those left in line. A store manager said Thursday afternoon that the store is not taking reservations for people who want to buy a pair of eclipse glasses.

The store warned people to be prepared for the heat if they planned to wait after the next shipment arrived. One person in line collapsed because of the heat Wednesday.

The Springfield area will not see a total eclipse on Monday. The best viewing spots in the state are in a line diagonally from St. Joseph through Jefferson City down to the Cape Girardeau area. It will cross Interstate 44 at St. Clair.

The total eclipse will begin just after 1 p.m. in St. Joseph, with the viewing times lasting from a minute to two and a half minutes, depending on where you are along that line.