CES Tech Conference Hit with Major Power Outage

GettyImages 903467344 CES 2018 power

GettyImages 903467344 CES 2018 power

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 was restored to the convention center after two hours.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the CTA, Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority and NV Energy - which provides electricity to the Las Vegas Convention Center - said in a joint statement. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored. CNET senior producer Mariel Myers tweeted a photo showing that the Samsung booth was still running, adding that the company had their own private power service.

The CES event draws tech companies from all over the world.

The Las Vegas Convention Center, where CES is taking place, is now experiencing what event organizers are calling an "isolated power outage".

The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event, has thanked visitors for their patience. Nevada Energy is "in the process of testing and restoring power".

Technology brands including Intel, IBM, ISPN and Texas Instruments were quick to jump onto the #CESblackout hashtag, with many taking a cheeky communications approach to the situation.

Officials said rainfall from a storm that hit the Valley on Tuesday, may have caused the outage.

The power outage wasn't the only mishap of the week.

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show was supposed to be that event where all the latest gadgets and gizmos are showed off by various companies. There's nothing more tragic than rows upon rows of blackened 4K HD TV displays. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power".

CES attendees posted images on social media of the blackout, with one sharing a video of a woman playing a violin to entertain guests at the Intel booth.