Power Blackout at Las Vegas Convention Center Impacts CES

Angelo Anderson
January 14, 2018

Guests and exhibitors were surprised when the power went out at the Las Vegas Convention center shortly after 11 a.m. on the second day of the CES.

Technology brands including Intel and IBM have been quick to jump into the social conversation with a tongue-in-cheek brand approach after a blackout struck the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The lights went off abruptly at almost 11:15 am PT on Wednesday, CNET's John Falcone reported. Phones were even hostages of charging stations they were put in.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flas hover on one of the facility's transformers", according to a statement from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. 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.

Power in the south hall was restored quickly while thousands of attendees inside the Central Hall were left in the dark for about two hours. Meanwhile, Twitter buzzed with updates from attendee, vendors, and CES officials.

Rick Rohmer, a product engineer with electrical-systems specialist Legrand, said the power outage affected only part of a booth for Qi, a consortium of companies that make wireless chargers.


No matter what, the Energizer bunny just kept on going. Flashlights came in handy at the Intel booth.

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

Many attendees admitted immediately that when the lights went off with a small pop, their first thought was terrorism, while others discussed the irony of a high-tech exposition knocked low by fundamental electrical technology.

The Consumer Electronics Show venue at the Las Vegas Convention Center is plunged into darkness after a power outrage Wednesday morning.

Heavy rainfall caused the rare power interruption, as Las Vegas experienced an unusually heavy downpour that also caused flooding in some of the booths at the CES, including Google's. It was so intense that the Convention Center ceiling began leaking.

The weather has since cleared up and today marks the final day of CES 2018.

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