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A power failure sent part of CES into darkness

12 January 2018, 05:21 | Justin Tyler

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center lost power at about 11:15 a.m. local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES.

Hopefully it won't be long before CES staff can identify the source of the issue and get the lights back on at the world's biggest technology conference.

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 outage has apparently left some in the hall relatively unscathed. It added that it was "working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience".

It is unclear what the real cause of the outage is, and attendees have mostly been moved out into the hallways of the convention center.

Update: Things appear to have gone from bad to worse. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected. So maybe Google's outdoor booth wasn't an entirely awful idea, after all.

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.

(2:13PM PT) According to the CTA, the culprit was, in fact, the rain.

Although South and North Hall appear to have power, there have been reports that the power outages briefly extended to other areas in Vegas, including nearby hotels. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed.

"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.

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