WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Scores of hopeful eclipse watchers lined up at the Chinn Park Regional Library in Woodbridge, where library staffers handed out free viewing glasses.
By 2 p.m., when the moon covered a sliver of the sun, all the glasses were gone.
Dozens of people, many of them parents with children, shared their glasses. As a bank of clouds wafted in, they looked skyward and gasped.
“This is a sight you only experience once in a lifetime,” said Jerome Johnson, who closed his nearby Dunkin’ Donuts franchise to bring his kids, cousins and siblings. “I had to bring everyone.”
By 2:05, the clouds had completely covered the sun and the crowd dissolved. Some walked into the library for a lesson on eclipses.
“At least we got to see some of it,” Johnson said before heading home.