CES Tech Conference Hit with Major Power Outage

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THE WORLD'S largest technology show ground to a halt for more than two hours today when a blackout plunged some of its biggest showpieces into darkness, causing evacuations, huge queues, and mass frustration. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed.

The rare blackout follows rains that had shuttered some events at the show, whose location in the Nevada desert usually offers visitors a respite from snow and frigid temperatures elsewhere in the country. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored.

In a joint statement the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said condensation from yesterday's rain was what led to the outage.

The power failure followed heavy rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths located in the LVCC's auto park. "Thanks for your continued patience".

As one would expect at an event filled with tech enthusiasts, plenty of pictures and videos of the eerily darkened scene hit Twitter during the outage, with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly becoming a top trending topic.

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Initial reports about the power outage began appearing on Twitter around 11:14 a.m. PT, but the lights turned back on sometime around 1:00 p.m. PT. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout". Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational.

The blackout sparked lots of amusing reactions on social media.

Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power.

Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout.

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