The Central Hall at CES 2018 just lost power, and people cheered

The Central Hall at CES 2018 just lost power, and people cheered

UPDATED, 12:51 PM: Power is being restored to the world's largest consumer electronics trade show, following more than hour-long outage.

The power failure came after heavy rain a day earlier, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths installed in the convention center's vehicle park.

In a joint statement the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said condensation from yesterday's rain was what led to the outage.

On the second day of CES, at about 11:15 am, the lights flickered and went out in the massive Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center where the sprawling booths of Samsung, LG, Sony, Intel and hundreds more exhibits went dark. Power in the South Hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas.


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

A storm system that dumped more than half as much rain as the Las Vegas Valley saw all of past year also brought with it the wettest January day on record. Thousands of attendees were ushered out and security guards temporarily refused entry to parts of the convention center. Nevada Energy is "in the process of testing and restoring power".

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.

Initial reports indicated that Tuesday's downpour affected the LVCC transformers and also the back-up generators; officials continue to investigate the cause for the blackout.

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