Power outage at CES leaves parts of Las Vegas Convention Center in the dark

Updated Jan 10, 2018 3:28 PM EST

A power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas left hundreds of conference-goers in the dark Wednesday. CNET reports that power failed in parts of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South and Central halls on the second day of exhibitions.

Power went out around 11:15 a.m. local time, just as the day was ramping up.

According to CNET, Central Hall houses the giant booths for the show mainstays, including Sony, Samsung, LG and Intel. Around noon, security guards reportedly refused entry to the entire Convention Center. 

It remains unclear if there is a source for backup power. 


A power outage left parts of CES in the dark.


CNET’s Tim Stevens reports the power also flickered at the Cosmopolitan Hotel across town. 

CES organizers said it was an “isolated” outage and crews were working to restore power.

They encouraged attendees to “visit our exhibitors in South Hall and North Hall” until the power returns. 

Several attendees shared photos of the outage using the hashtag #CESblackout on social media. 

Intel jokingly referred to the blackout as “the biggest thing” to hit the convention. 

CNET editor Claire Reilly shared her view of two security guards standing in the dark. 

But according to CNET’s Brian Tong, the power outage has not disrupted all demonstrations on the showroom floor. 

CES is the largest consumer electronics show in the world, attracting about 184,000 attendees and more than 4,000 exhibitors.  

Follow CNET‘s live coverage of day two of CES here.


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