CES 2018: Tech's biggest conference plunged into darkness after power fails

CES: Power cut at major Las Vegas electronics show

UPDATE: The power's back on at CES

A major power outage has shut down the main exhibition area of CES in Las Vegas, tens of thousands of visitors were stranded.

Power was fully restored at 2:10 p.m., CES said in a statement. The darkened hall houses booths from some of tech's biggest companies, including LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Intel and Sony.

The trade fair is marketed as the "world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies".

The Consumer Tech Association, which puts on the show, addressed the occurrence on social media, stating, "There is an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center".

LAS VEGAS-On the first day of CES, Tuesday, a record 1.33 inches of rain fell, the wettest one-day downpour since the Weather Service began keeping records in 1937.

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 outrage, caused by an error with fairly rudimentary electronics, is ironic considering the wealth of next-generation technology exhibited throughout the event.

Today at approximately 11:15 AM, the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV".

Another attendee, Derek Kerton, asked which brands were going to make the most of the blackout opportunity on their stands, and compared the situation to the blackout during the US Super Bowl.

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

The one thing we'll all remember when we're all old and gray, telling our grandchildren the war stories from our years in the tech blogging trenches, are all of the non-tech news madness at the event.

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