Piqua community enjoys solar eclipse safely

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PIQUA – The Piqua community welcomed many visitors and enjoyed the solar eclipse Monday afternoon free of any major disruptions or inconveniences.

“Having Piqua in the path of totality of the solar eclipse is a rare and special occurrence,” said Piqua Mayor Kris Lee. “The event today was a great time for family and friends to come together, as well as our community as a whole. This was truly an experience to remember.”

Piqua Fire Department and Piqua Police Department both had additional staff — seven and one, respectively — on duty throughout the afternoon to be prepared for possible incidents. Neither had any calls that were related to the eclipse.

The City of Piqua employees noticed an even disbursement of eclipse viewers throughout the community enjoying the day safely, with larger congregations participating at the events at Johnston Farm & Indian Agency and Piqua Center.

“Our city’s public safety staff and our neighboring agencies worked fantastically together,” said Piqua Fire Chief Lee Adams. “Had there been challenges of any sort, we were well-prepared. The opportunity to plan for this event together will yield benefits in the future for events yet unknown.”

The City of Piqua Municipal Government Complex, 201 W. Water St., was closed on Monday, April 8. Piqua Police and Fire Departments remained open. All other City operations closed at noon.

All City of Piqua operations resumed the regular schedule on Tuesday, April 9. The Municipal Government Complex opened at 8 a.m.