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Power cut pulls plug on massive gadget expo in Las Vegas

Nellie Chapman | 14 January, 2018, 17:48

North and Central halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the official venue for CES, were hit by a major power outage that lasted for nearly two hours on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Initially, some folks seemed on edge-especially given past events in Las Vegas-but so far it just seems that the trade show finally succeeded in overloading the Las Vegas power grid.

Practically everything at the CES was running on electricity and while the backup generator did kick in, which powered some booths, many areas were left in the dark.

The blackout in the Las Vegas Convention Centre's Central and South Hall bridge meeting rooms occurred at approximately 11.13am local (Pacific) time on the second day of the show. LG's formerly impressive Grand Canyon-style flexible OLED television installation did not reboot well, with many screens unable to receive a signal and others dimmed. Access will be limited until power is fully restored. "A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the Verge quotes the Consumer Technology Association by way of an explanation.

Many attendees and technology journalists were quick to point out the irony of one of the world's largest technology electronics showcases without power.

"I was on the Samsung tour getting a look at the booth, the power went off, and then immediately after that a generator kicked on, so some of the lights turned on", Tracy said.

But the tech with perhaps the most potential and anticipation will not even launch here for a year or more, 5G wireless internet.

During the brief power outage, tweets about the event started trending with the hashtag #CESBlackout.

Introducing Blackoutâ„¢: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G.

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