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In Kent County, Eclipse Draws Big Crowds

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Kids view the partial eclipse from the Mountjoy Observatory near Smyrna. (Tom Lehman/WBOC) Kids view the partial eclipse from the Mountjoy Observatory near Smyrna. (Tom Lehman/WBOC)

KENT COUNTY, Del. -- A pair of solar eclipse watching events on Monday in Kent County drew big crowds in the Dover and Smyrna areas.

The Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation hosted one eclipse-viewing event at its campus near Smyrna. The event featured vendors and food trucks but also allowed early visitors to purchase filtered glasses used to safely view the sun.

But organizers said they quickly ran out of the glasses, meaning many people like Bruce Paulish and his family would turn to the Mountjoy Observatory for a safe view of the partial eclipse.

"I'm glad I came. I brought my daughter and her two friends and I'm really glad we came and by the amount of people it was a spectacle to see," he said.

A number of people also attended a viewing event in Dover at the First State Heritage Park, where many participants used pinhole viewers made from cereal boxes to experience the eclipse.

Amina Freeman of Dover said it was special to see the eclipse using filtered glasses.

"It felt so wonderful to be a part of history...it's almost like fire almost in a way," she said. "It looked like a Pac-man.

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