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Total eclipse wows crowds in Upstate

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Eclipse totality over FOX Carolina station in Greenville. (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina) Eclipse totality over FOX Carolina station in Greenville. (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Partial eclipse over Greenville (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina) Partial eclipse over Greenville (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Crowd waits for eclipse party to begin at Clemson (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina) Crowd waits for eclipse party to begin at Clemson (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina)
View of total eclipse over Macon Co., NC (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina) View of total eclipse over Macon Co., NC (Aug. 21, 2017/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Thousands of eclipse viewers gathered across South Carolina on Monday to witness a rare cosmic event - a total solar eclipse.

FOX Carolina is live on air and online from noon to 3 p.m. with special coverage of the event. Click here to watch the livestream.

PHOTOS: Upstate celebrates total solar eclipse

Eclipse parties were held across the Upstate including at Clemson University, Furman University, Roper Mountain Science Center, Fluor Field and more. The events, many of which featured activities and free solar viewing glasses, attracted large numbers of sun-gazers.

WATCH: Time-lapse video shows solar eclipse totality over Greenville

Totality in Greenville, one of the places set to see 100 percent of the full eclipse, occurred at approximately 2:38 p.m.It cast the Upstate into darkness for a brief few minutes and although it was a stunning experience, it also posed dangers. Greenville Health System said its emergency rooms saw 6 eclipse-related injuries due to heat and a fall.

Spectators also had to be certain they were armed with ISO-approved eclipse glasses to protect their eyes.

READ MORE: GHS: 6 eclipse-related injuries admitted to emergency rooms

The high volume of eclipse viewers in South Carolina led to congestion on interstates and highways. South Carolina Department of Transportation and the South Carolina Highway Patrol had units in full force to keep the roadways safe.

Still, multiple collisions were reported after the eclipse causing a backup of traffic on I-85 northbound and U.S. 25.

SCDOT said they had to shut down some rest areas on I-26 due to eclipse overflow.

READ MORE: Numerous traffic backups reported in Upstate after total eclipse | SCDOT reports heavier traffic on I-85; eclipse overflow shuts down I-26 rest areas

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