CES 2018: Power Outage, Heavy Rains, and Traffic Creates Problems

A major power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas on Wednesday (10 January), left the world's largest annual consumer tech trade show in the dark for almost two hours.

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. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed.

While attendees were initially told to wait 15 minutes for lights to turn back on, thousands of guests were evacuated from the hall when the electricity failed to return.

CES 2018 lost power for two hours, literally.

Although South and North Hall appear to have power, there have been reports that the power outages briefly extended to other areas in Vegas, including nearby hotels. The power outage was caused by heavy rainfall, disrupting one of this year's biggest and most important technology-focused events.

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CES is the world's largest consumers electronics event.

"I was on the Samsung tour getting a look at the booth, the power went off, and then immediately after that a generator kicked on, so some of the lights turned on", Tracy said.

Some official accounts run by exhibitors, reporters and attendees took to Twitter to make jokes with the hashtag #CESBlackout.

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The convention center's Central Hall which features massive booths for tech giants Sony, Samsung, Intel, and LG, were also affected.

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