Behind the Scenes at CES 2018

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On the second day of CES 2018, the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power for almost two hours. "We are working with the power company to restore power as soon as possible".

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", said a statement from the Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored.

Multimillion-dollar installations from technology giants including Samsung, LG, Nikon, Panasonic, GoPro, Canon, Hisense, and Intel all fell dark, leaving crowds of people reaching for their mobile phones to light the way out.

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

One of the biggest technology expositions of the year has experienced a very ironic power outage when the lights went out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Sudden record-breaking downpours on Day One of CES was the first rain for Las Vegas in 116 days, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Thanks for your continued patience.

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

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

Initial reports about the power outage began appearing on Twitter around 11:14 a.m. PT, but the lights turned back on sometime around 1:00 p.m. PT. Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational.

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation. 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.