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LA man inadvertently buys dozens of fake eclipse glasses

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A solar eclipse fan in Los Angeles is warning consumers about fake solar eclipse glasses after purchasing dozens of them on Amazon.

David Tomb bought 85 pairs of solar viewing to share with friends and family, but later received a warning from Amazon.

"I thought it would be fun to give to families in my building - I have a lot of families with kids in my apartment building," he told KPCC. "In a very carefully worded email - it was from Amazon. Not taking any responsibility for the issue, but just stating they had been unable to verify the source of the materials used for the glasses."

This is a screenshot of a portion of David Tomb's order for solar eclipse glasses from Amazon.
This is a screenshot of a portion of David Tomb's order for solar eclipse glasses from Amazon.
David Tomb

The email from Amazon read that "Viewing the sun or an eclipse (without glasses from recommended manufacturers) could result in ... permanent blindness."

Tomb said he's thankful 30 pairs are from recommended manufacturers. In recent days, Amazon says it has new safety requirements for sellers of solar filters on the site.

The partial eclipse happens Monday morning in L.A. from 9:05 to 11:44 a.m.