CES goes dark in the rain

CES: Power cut at major Las Vegas electronics show

CES 2018, the world's largest electronics show, has been plunged into darkness following a power cut at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

Rick Rohmer, a product engineer with electrical-systems specialist Legrand, said the power outage affected only part of a booth for Qi, a consortium of companies that make wireless chargers.

The convention center's Central Hall which features massive booths for tech giants Sony, Samsung, Intel, and LG, were also affected.

The trade fair is marketed as the "world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies".

Follow CNET's live coverage of day two of CES here. "We will continue to restrict access until full power has been restored". 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.

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"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flas hover on one of the facility's transformers", according to a statement from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

A company with a smart sleep device called Aromarest began an email pitch by saying, "Having the lights go out, as they did today at CES, is one way to get some sleep".

After about an hour, only the south and north halls in the plaza were without power.

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. For more than an hour, the organizers reassured the waiting fans that the issue was being addressed as quickly as possible and that entrance will be restricted until the power is restored.

With the show's biggest exhibitors inside the Central Hall this is a multi-million dollar outage on many levels.

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