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.
"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", a public statement from the Las Vegas Convention Center read.
Power outage causes attendees to evacuate Central Hall at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 2018.
The Las Vegas Convention Center, where CES is taking place, is now experiencing what event organizers are calling an "isolated power outage".
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the downpour was the city's first rainfall in 116 days, bringing an end to a "record-breaking dry spell". Thanks for your continued patience.
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CES have announced online that "We've been informed by Nevada Power that the outage has been addressed and they are in the process of restoring power". The hashtag #CESBlackout was born.
The power outage wasn't the only mishap of the week. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals. At the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES), thousands of exhibitors participated, showcasing the latest innovations and technologies across 2.6 million net square feet of exhibit space. Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational.
Earlier today, CES 2018 experienced a blackout that lasted about two hours, leaving exhibitors and attendees literally in the dark. There's nothing more tragic than rows upon rows of blackened 4K HD TV displays.