Electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas suffers power outage

Mae Love
January 13, 2018

CES organizers said power was restored within minutes to the convention center's South Hall, where many gaming companies had exhibits.

North and Central halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the official venue for CES, were hit by a major power outage that lasted for nearly two hours on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

A partial blackout is seen during the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 10, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media.

The lights went off abruptly at almost 11:15 am PT on Wednesday, CNET's John Falcone reported.

Large swaths of the sprawling lost power at about 11:15am local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES. "We are grateful to NV Energy for their swift assistance, to our customers and their clients for their patience and to the staff for ensuring the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors".

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As Bloomberg notes, even with all the next-level technology present at the CES, it would seem that the event was still not safe from the enemy of all electronics: a blackout.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the CTA's statement reads. Device-maker Wiltronic Corporation continued to do demos using fully charged laptops, CNN Tech reported. Other areas had lights and working electronics.

Heavy rainfall caused the rare power interruption, as Las Vegas experienced an unusually heavy downpour that also caused flooding in some of the booths at the CES, including Google's.

The weather has since cleared up and today marks the final day of CES 2018.

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