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Community eclipse celebration in Hardeeville dampened by weather

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HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) -

There were some disappointed eclipse enthusiasts in the Lowcountry Monday as cloudy skies and rain blocked their opportunity to see the Great American Eclipse. 

Several organizations hosted their own watch parties, including the city of Hardeeville. For folks waiting there, all they could stare at with their glasses was their reflections in the puddles. 

With clear skies, jamming tunes, and crowds of people, the eclipse party was in full swing for a little while. 

"This is the Great American Eclipse event. We are not in the path of totality, but we're going to get the 98 percent so we decided to have an event; had a limited amount of glasses to give out, so we also made makeshift pizza box viewers for everyone," said Addison Jarrell, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Director. 

For those fortunate enough to snag a pair of the glasses, they were hoping for the chance to use them. 

"A lot of people with their glasses on were standing in the field, looking at the sky. Some people were taking them off and getting crescent burns under their eyes," said Nathan Brown, Hardeeville resident. 

"I was ready for the eclipse because my cousin came and we were going to have a good time playing with each other and then this happened. It's kind of sad because we waited in line forever and then it just started raining," said McKinley Figueroa. 

Fortunately for Nathan, no eyes were burned, but in Hardeeville, it was hard to keep your eye on the sky, especially with the clouds. 

"We came to see the eclipse, such a famous attraction that was supposed to happen, and we're so disappointed. I thought it was pretty cool, and it doesn't happen very often," said Cathy Sanders, Hardeeville resident. 

The event was supposed to end at 5 p.m., but the tents were broken down and the bounce house was deflated and removed by 3 p.m. If you missed it, you may have another chance in seven years. 

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