Power Outage at CES 2018 in Las Vegas: Here's What Happened

A major power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas on Wednesday (10 January), left the world's largest annual consumer tech trade show in the dark for almost two hours. Power was restored to the convention center after two hours.

Update 6:39pm CT, Jan. 10: The CES blackout was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" on a transformer at the Las Vegas Convention Center, convention authorities said in a statement Wednesday.

An hour or more later the power is still out, and security have been forced to shut the doors of the show preventing people accessing the LVCC and for those inside the show already they are blocking access to the Central Hall. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored.

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas convention centre lost power at about 11:15am local time, including exhibitor booths and rooms used by journalists covering the event, reports The Guardian. Major brands that participated in this year's CES include Intel, Ford, LG, Samsung, and Sony.

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, features nearly 4,000 exhibitors showcasing their newest consumer technologies.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the downpour was the city's first rainfall in 116 days, bringing an end to a "record-breaking dry spell".

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The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event, has thanked visitors for their patience.

During the brief power outage, tweets about the event started trending with the hashtag #CESBlackout.

Some publicists even tried to exploit the power outage.

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation.

Some freaky things are happening at the Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES, this year. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power".

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