CES: Power cut at major Las Vegas electronics show

Practically everything at the CES was running on electricity and while the backup generator did kick in, which powered some booths, many areas were left in the dark.

"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.

Some meeting rooms in the South Hall also lost power but was restored within minutes.

And this wasn't even the first major mishap of the week - on Tuesday, the opening day of the show, heavy rains spoiled the unveiling of Google's massive outdoor booth. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV".

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CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees.

"Power goes out at CES?" Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

"CES is over. You can all go home now", Fortune Magazine's tech editor Rachel King tweeted. The power outrage, caused by an error with fairly rudimentary electronics, is ironic considering the wealth of next-generation technology exhibited throughout the event.

Others had humorous takes, with Intel's account calling it the "the biggest thing to hit CES since 5G". The blackout has impacted the convention center's North Hall, as well, leaving only the South Hall fully operational.

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