CES 2018: Blackout in Vegas


Pic: Getty ImagesThe giant consumer electronics show CES has suffered a power cut, plunging part of the event into darkness. Power was restored to the convention center after two hours.

The Consumer Technology Association issued a statement saying that Nevada Energy has addressed the cause of the problem, which resulted in an outage impacting the sprawling Central and South halls.

One of the biggest technology expositions of the year has experienced a very ironic power outage when the lights went out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday. While power within the South Hall was restored minutes later, it took two hours to fully restore power in the Central Hall, with conference organisers confirming on Twitter at 1.09pm that power was slowly being rolled out in the Central Hall.

The likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, Hisense and Intel have had their exhibits shut down with millions of dollars in TVs and home appliances literally switched off. About that heavy rainfall: Record-breaking rain on Tuesday had already caused a bit of chaos at CES, flooding a number of booths, including one belonging to Google.

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.

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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 publicists even tried to exploit the power outage.

And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow. Initially, some folks seemed on edge-especially given past events in Las Vegas-but so far it just seems that the trade show finally succeeded in overloading the Las Vegas power grid.

Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power".