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.
"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.
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. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored.
In the meantime, attendees had been evacuated from the affected space, which hosts booths for LG, Samsung and Sony among others.
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. Again, thank you for your patience during this time.
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Technology brands including Intel, IBM, ISPN and Texas Instruments were quick to jump onto the #CESblackout hashtag, with many taking a cheeky communications approach to the situation. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed.
Some publicists even tried to exploit the power outage. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".
The Consumer Electronics Show was shut down briefly due to a blackout.
And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power".
Intel posted a photo of a darkened hall of the show, with the caption, "Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G". Most of its display was lit as hundreds of attendees passed by in the dark on their way to a brightly lit giant screen TV over South Hall.