What Happens During Blackout at World's Biggest Tech Show

What Happens During Blackout at World's Biggest Tech Show

USA Today reports the power went out for almost two hours Wednesday in two of the main halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the Consumer Electronics Show.

The power failure came after heavy rain a day earlier, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths installed in the convention center's vehicle park. The lights - and everything else - were off for two hours.

While attendees were initially told to wait 15 minutes for lights to turn back on, thousands of guests were evacuated from the hall when the electricity failed to return.

It was ironic how the show's hall, which houses booths for technology giants like Samsung, Intel, Sony, LG, and Panasonic, stood in the dark, with the world's most technologically advanced devices and hardware being left useless, as the electronics show did not have power until it was restored over two hours later.

According to reports, the power outage happened at around 11:30 PST in the Center Hall, where CES 2018 was being held.

The Consumer Technology Association issued a statement saying that Nevada Energy has addressed the cause of the problem, which resulted in an outage impacting the sprawling Central and South halls. "We will continue to restrict access until full power has been restored".

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, features nearly 4,000 exhibitors showcasing their newest consumer technologies. For an event that showcases the latest and greatest of technological advances, a power outage is all it takes to bring all of it down to earth. "The blackout is utterly nonsensical".

As to what caused the outage, in the first place, it would seem that it was due to condensation following heavy rainfall. Intel tweeted, "Introducing Blackout TM: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G". Huawei Mobile also promoted its Mate 10 Pro smartphone, saying, "Caught in the #CESBlackout?".