"We are working hard to restore this temporary power outage at the LVCC [Las Vegas Convention Center]". But the outage left many of its exhibits visible only by cellphone light-if they were visible at all. The blackout affected two halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center bringing a major portion of the conference to a halt on the second day of the week-long event.
Many companies were forced to suspend their presentations and barred from conducting demos at the annual tech fair.
In a statement, CES organiser, the Consumer Technology Association, blamed the outage on recent heavy rainfall which caused condensation on the venue's roof to short circuit one of the facility's transformers.
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While attendees were initially told to wait 15 minutes for lights to turn back on, thousands of guests were evacuated from the hall when the electricity failed to return.
Even after the power was restored, companies had to go through the hassle of resetting devices on display - those connected wirelessly with each other, in particular. As a result, numerous devices that were being showcased at CES 2018 were not visible enough for media coverage. "The blackout is utterly nonsensical".
From midnight to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the valley saw 1.33 inches of rain, the weather service said.
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