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A power failure sent part of CES into darkness

13 January 2018, 05:37 | Jan Cross

A pole-dancing robot built by British artist Giles Walker performs at a gentlemen's club Monday Jan. 8 2018 in Las Vegas

Robot stripper

Samsung, Intel, LG and Panasonic were among the tech companies that lost power.

The Consumer Electronics Show is part trade show, part science fair, and part toy store.

Record-breaking rains hit Las Vegas on Tuesday, leading to flooding and the closing of some major booths, including Google's. "Lights out at CES 2018".

The brightest minds in the world, but nobody thought to think that it can rain in Vegas... Even still, at least the power was restored shortly thereafter.

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. "Again, thank you for your patience during this time", explained the CES Twitter account, at 4:20 p.m. EST.

LG Electronics used the power cut to promote its OLED TV by saying, "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV".

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", wrote a statement from the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and the Consumer Technology Association.

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Thirty minutes into the blackout, staff at the convention center said that they are aware of the power outage, investigating it, and working on a fix. Those meetings could take place eventually if companies have the flexibility to reschedule, but the outage will likely impact exhibitors' schedules for the duration of CES.

The blackout lasted for about 2 hours and the cause still remains a mystery.

This year's CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors, has 4000 exhibitors and runs from 9 to 12 January 2018.

Someone is having a bad day!

(1:00PM PT) We're hearing that the power is slowly kicking back on. Now a few hours removed from the event, I still feel that way. The blackout has impacted the convention center's North Hall, as well, leaving only the South Hall fully operational. Thankfully, this is CES, so there are plenty of folks on-hand to document the Central Hall evacuation and the freakish scene inside.

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.



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