CES: Power cut cripples Las Vegas tech show

Visitors to CES – the world’s biggest consumer electronics show – were left in the dark when a power cut hit the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

At around 11:15am local time (19:15 GMT) on January 10, the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the venue lost power, plunging part of the event into darkness.

According to a report on the BBC website, the affected area hosted booths for brands including LG, Samsung and Sony.

The electricity supply was restored after two hours. Show organiser the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) blamed the outage on heavy rainfall.

It in a statement, it said: “A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility’s transformers. We are grateful to NV Energy for their swift assistance, to our customers and their clients for their patience and to the staff for ensuring the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors.”