Power outage hits CES, social media mocks electronics show

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UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2018, 12:20 p.m. PST One hour later, and the power is still out in the Central Hall and South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The power outage is the first for the trade show, according to Jeremy Handle, a spokesperson with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Many companies were forced to suspend their presentations and barred from conducting demos at the annual tech fair.

Many attendees and technology journalists were quick to point out the irony of one of the world's largest technology electronics showcases without power. Major brands that participated in this year's CES include Intel, Ford, LG, Samsung, and Sony.

The power failure followed heavy rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths located in the LVCC's vehicle park.

A preliminary assessment found that moisture from heavy rains on Tuesday had caused a "flashover" in one of the convention center's transformers, it said. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored.

The power outage wasn't the only mishap of the week.


That was enough to cut the power Wednesday, even though the sun had come out by then.

And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow.

The blackout lasted for about 2 hours and the cause still remains a mystery.

CES sprawls across many venues close to the Las Vegas Strip, and the CTA had highlighted that majority had been unaffected.

Someone is having a bad day!

Some false info. Event staffer #CES2018 who told me power was down in all halls at LVCC was wrong. The blackout has impacted the convention center's North Hall, as well, leaving only the South Hall fully operational.

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.

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