Major power outage at CES 2018, Consumer leaving the show

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The Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, has issued a statement regarding the blackout saying that a preliminary assessment indicates that "condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers".

CNET reports that power failed in parts of the Las Vegas Convention Center's South and Central Halls on the second day of exhibitions. It was raining in Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday - rare for a desert city.

Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power. "Thanks for your continued patience".

THE WORLD'S largest technology show ground to a halt for more than two hours today when a blackout plunged some of its biggest showpieces into darkness, causing evacuations, huge queues, and mass frustration.

Evan also says some manufacturers are expressing concern over the security of their products; many of which are prototypes, concepts, or new releases that won't be officially available until later this year.

That was enough to cut the power Wednesday, even though the sun had come out by then.

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"The power has gone out in the central hall at CES... sending thousands of attendees out of the LVCC, shutting down hundreds of expensive marketing activations and reminding us that none of this stuff works without electricity", he tweeted.

And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow.

Others had humorous takes, with Intel's account calling it the "the biggest thing to hit CES since 5G".

After about an hour, only the south and north halls in the plaza were without power.

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.

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