CES: Power cut at major Las Vegas electronics show

Thursday, 11 Jan, 2018

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.

The world's biggest consumer electronics show has been switched off with a power outage shutting power to the main Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC) during the annual CES show.

Organizers said power was restored to the convention center's South Hall within minutes while other areas took much longer. "A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers".

Multimillion-dollar installations from technology giants including Samsung, LG, Nikon, Panasonic, GoPro, Canon, Hisense, and Intel all fell dark, leaving crowds of people reaching for their mobile phones to light the way out.

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas convention centre lost power at about 11:15am local time, including exhibitor booths and rooms used by journalists covering the event, reports The Guardian. Here's hoping the power comes back soon. This year's show continues through Friday.