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Consumer Electronics Show: Behind the blackout

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas, lost its electrics during the show’s busiest hours, shutting down parts of the Las Vegas Convention Centre, including Central Hall where the show’s biggest exhibits are located.

A combined statement from the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority (LVCVA), NV Energy and Consumer Technology Association (CTA) sheds light on what triggered the show’s temporary plunge into darkness:

“Condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility’s transformers.”

Much of the sprawling Las Vegas convention centre lost power at around 11:15am local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES. Emergency lights stayed on, and backup batteries kept wireless internet connections functioning.

CES organisers restored power in the venue within minutes to the centre’s South Hall, but other areas took longer. Power was fully restored at 2:10pm, CES said in a statement.

Following a blackout at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Las Vegas, companies including Huawei, Oreo and Intel took to Twitter to boost their brand messaging.

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