Welders watch the eclipse

RENO, Nev (KOLO) About 15 masks were brought from the welding school out to the parking lot for students, instructors and others to enjoy the rare event.

One welding instructor told us he didn’t really know what to expect, but he says he was excited to see so many people interested in the eclipse, and watching it safely.

“Yeah, I am glad to see it, now they can just enroll; they can come take a welding class and use them for what they were meant for, right?" said Scott Holcomb with TMCC's welding program.

Holcomb says the glass on welding masks acts like transitional lenses. Because of the work welders do, that glass changes faster.

“Kinda, only real, real fast. They change in one-one hundredth of a second. Or supposed to. There are little sensors on the front of the hood that sense the light and makes the lens go dark," says Holcomb.