Power Cut At Major Las Vegas Tech Show

Power Cut At Major Las Vegas Tech Show

Thousands of people attending the world's biggest consumer technology show got a chance to test the battery life of the latest gadgets Wednesday when some showrooms and hallways went dark inside the vast Las Vegas Convention Center. While atypical for a major event like this, CES 2018 has been hit with a power outage today. Affected areas included the Central and South Hall bridge meeting rooms of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

USA Today reports the power went out for almost two hours Wednesday in two of the main halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the Consumer Electronics Show.

In fact, it was raining so hard that Google had to shut down its giant playground-ish booth for a whole day, which was located outdoors. Power was restored and the lights were back on at 2:10PM, CES said.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flas hover on one of the facility's transformers", according to a statement from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued.

LG Electronics used the power cut to promote its OLED TV by saying, "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the flawless black of an #LGOLEDTV".

Despite being a convention dedicated to incredible (and sometimes very bizarre) upcoming technology, the Consumer Electronics Show is subject to power loss like anything else. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed.

As one would expect at an event filled with tech enthusiasts, plenty of pictures and videos of the eerily darkened scene hit Twitter during the outage, with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly becoming a top trending topic.

"[CES] Central Hall electricity went out".

The North Hall, on the other hand, still has power. My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.

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