Major power outage hits CES, a consumer electronics show

Major power outage hits CES, a consumer electronics show

A power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas left hundreds of conference-goers in the dark Wednesday.

The unthinkable has happened at the annual electronic devices expo in Las Vegas - there's been a power cut.

The world's most high-tech show was plunged into darkness for almost two hours Wednesday morning local time due to the unusual level of rainfall the day before.

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. Nevada Energy is "in the process of testing and restoring power".

"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.

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At around 11.15am local time there was a power surge noticed in the North Hall of the LVCC and at the same time power went out in the main Central Hall. Power was restored to the convention center after two hours.

This year, the event officially ends on Friday January 12th, but experts already know their favorites and which products are the most promising.

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.

But the tech with perhaps the most potential and anticipation will not even launch here for a year or more, 5G wireless internet. "The blackout is utterly nonsensical".

L O L! Intel, Sony and OREO even got in on the fun and made a decision to let some tweets fly in light of the situation. Intel tweeted a photo of the darkened convention center with the caption, "Introducing Blackout: The biggest thing to hit CES 2018 since 5G". "Don't miss a moment with #HUAWEIMATE10Pro and its outstanding lowlight photography camera".

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