Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

TrustedReviews Editor Evan Kypreos, who's in attendance at CES, said: "Some stands still had light, thanks to generators, but they've now run out of power".

A preliminary assessment found that moisture from heavy rains on Tuesday had caused a "flashover" in one of the convention center's transformers, it said.

Today at approximately 11:15 AM, the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power.

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The rare blackout follows rains that had shuttered some events at the show, whose location in the Nevada desert usually offers visitors a respite from snow and frigid temperatures elsewhere in the country. "No Problem. You can still dunk in the dark", continues to be heralded by many as a great example of real-time social media engagement.

CES is the largest consumer electronics show in the world, attracting about 184,000 attendees and more than 4,000 exhibitors.

"The power has gone out in the central hall at CES... sending thousands of attendees out of the LVCC, shutting down hundreds of expensive marketing activations and reminding us that none of this stuff works without electricity", he tweeted. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout". The power went out in the central hall of #CES2018!

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As Bloomberg notes, even with all the next-level technology present at the CES, it would seem that the event was still not safe from the enemy of all electronics: a blackout.

Exhibitors have not yet put forward any complaints concerning damages caused by the power outage, nor has the show organizer officially mentioned a plan regarding the mishap.

Others had humorous takes, with Intel's account calling it the "the biggest thing to hit CES since 5G". My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.

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