Lights out: Convention center loses power during CES tech program

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AP Photo/Jae C. Hong The central hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center is evacuated after a power blackout throughout CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Some of the thousands of CES attendees wait outside the Las Vegas Convention Center or head to one of the gadget program’s other websites after a power failure Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Las Vegas’ largest convention, the CES tech show, had its plug pulled today when the Las Vegas Convention Center experienced a power outage for more than an hour.

The failure, which struck the south and main halls of the convention center, occurred about 11:40 a.m., sending out thousands of participants outside.

“There’s a separated blackout at the center and we’re continuing to check out the cause,” stated Maria Phelan, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Authorities subsequently said a transformer failed as an outcome of condensation from current heavy rains.

CES sent a message via Twitter at 11:49 a.m. acknowledging the outage and encouraging guests to move to other halls. The hashtag “CESBlackOut” started trending on Twitter quickly after the power interruption.

At 12:38 p.m., the CES Twitter account revealed that NV Energy had attended to the problem and remained in the procedure of restoring power. “We will continue to limit gain access to until full power has actually been brought back,” the message said.

The power was restored by shortly after 1 p.m.

Robert Ilas of Corona, Calif., stated he arrived at the convention center as people were being escorted out of the building, leaving him to wonder what was going on.

“I knew something was obviously incorrect, but with numerous individuals out here, the only method I learnt was through a push alert on the CES app,” Ilas stated.

Ilas was feverishly trying to reach individuals with whom he had appointments to see if he might restore his day here or relocate to another convention websites. “As soon as I hear back from my clients, I’ll find out what I’m going to do,” he stated.

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