Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

The Central Hall at CES 2018 just lost power, and people cheered

The Central Hall at CES 2018 just lost power, and people cheered

Lights went out in the Las Vegas Convention Center in the late morning, leaving the booths of major companies like Samsung, LG and Huawei in darkness visitors used the lights on heir mobile phones to navigate their way out of event space.

Thousands were evacuated from the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

On the second day of CES, at about 11:15 am, the lights flickered and went out in the massive Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center where the sprawling booths of Samsung, LG, Sony, Intel and hundreds more exhibits went dark.

LAS VEGAS-On the first day of CES, Tuesday, a record 1.33 inches of rain fell, the wettest one-day downpour since the Weather Service began keeping records in 1937.

Update 6:39pm CT, Jan. 10: The CES blackout was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" on a transformer at the Las Vegas Convention Center, convention authorities said in a statement Wednesday.


Power in the south hall was restored quickly while thousands of attendees inside the Central Hall were left in the dark for about two hours.

The Consumer Electronics Association, host of CES, acknowledged the outage.

That was enough to cut the power Wednesday, even though the sun had come out by then. CNET editor Dan Ackerman noted on Twitter that his off-site hotel partially lost power two separate times for less than a minute.

Twitter was soon flooded with photos and videos of the eerily darkened halls while some companies pounced on the opportunity to advertise their ware. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected.

Some false info. Event staffer #CES2018 who told me power was down in all halls at LVCC was wrong.

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