The giant consumer electronics show CES has suffered a power cut, plunging the event into darkness.
The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)’s central hall went dark around 11:20 local time (19:20 GMT).
Two hours passed before the organizers, stated that the electricity supply had been restored.
They blamed earlier in a downpour for the cause of the failure, which resulted in the participants being evacuated from the building.
The affected space hosts booths of LG, Samsung and Sony, among others.
BBC reporters at the scene said that security guards have also prevented people from entering the LVCC’s North Hall, where car manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan and Ford have exhibitions.
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The Consumption Technology of the Association, which manages the event, thanked the visitors for their patience. But some have expressed the frustration of missed meetings.’Beautiful day’
The power outage, followed by a strong rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to close one of its cabins, located in the LVCC parking.
It had been the city’s first rain in 116 days, and had marked the wettest January day for the region, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
An LVCC employee, who asked not to be named, said that the water had touched the “trunk lines” that carry the power to the room.
CTA, later, issued the following statement, which was published in collaboration with the utility firm NV Energy and the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority.
“A preliminary assessment indicates that the condensation of heavy rainfall caused an electrical arc on one of the processors,” he said.
“We are grateful to nv Energy for their rapid assistance, our clients and their customers for their patience and the staff to ensure the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors.”
The trade fair is being marketed as the “world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies”.
CES is spread over many sites in the vicinity of the Las Vegas Strip, and the CTA had demonstrated that most of them had been spared.
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By Dave Lee Las Vegas
At an exhibition of electronics, electricity is the key.
As I write this, the cause of the failure is not known. But Vegas has been bombarded with rain this week, and this city can’t manage that.
The roads are flooded, the hotels are leak – including this reporter from the room – and now, potentially, this.
Embarrassing for a city that prides itself to be the best equipped for shows like THESE.
Patience is tested here. This show is not only to play with gadgets, it’s about big business. Cancellation of the meetings could mean the deals are not made.
I’ve seen a delegate to get angry when he said that he could not go into the main hall for its meeting.
“You don’t have to meet in the dark, my friend!” the floor of the salon worker told him.
With each passing minute, this cut electricity costs a lot of people a lot of money.