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This is the first such outage in recent memory at an event that is expected to bring more than 180,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the latest technological innovations.

The power has gone out at the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving major brands including LG, Panasonic and Bosch in the dark.

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.

Even after the power was restored, companies had to go through the hassle of resetting devices on display - those connected wirelessly with each other, in particular.

The power failure followed heavy rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths located in the LVCC's vehicle park.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", said the Consumer Technology Association in a statement, an organization that holds the annual CES.

A robot by Avatarmind sits on display on opening day at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada USA 09 January 2018

According to a statement from CES organizers, power went out at around 11:15 in the morning on January 10.

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

LG Electronics, which is showcasing a host of products at CES, even turned the outage as a PR opportunity. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

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.

They go on to say "We encourage you to visit other open show areas" - however the largest hall, with the biggest companies in it remains in the dark. Some meeting rooms in South Hall also lost power.

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