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CES 2018: Power cut at major Las Vegas tech show

CES 2018: Power cut at major Las Vegas tech show
From BBC - January 10, 2018

The giant consumer electronics show CES has suffered a power cut, plunging part of the event into darkness.

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)'s central hall went dark at around 11:20 local time (19:20 GMT).

It took two hours before the organisers were able to say that the electricity supply had been restored.

In the meantime, attendees had been evacuated from the affected space, which hosts booths for LG, Samsung and Sony among others.

BBC reporters at the scene said that security guards had also prevented people from entering the LVCC's North Hall, where car-makers including Toyota, Nissan and Ford have exhibits.

The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event, has thanked visitors for their patience. But some have expressed frustration at having missed meetings.

'Beautiful day'

The power failure followed heavy rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths located in the LVCC's car park.

It had been the city's first rainfall in 116 days, and had marked the wettest January day on record for the area, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper.

One LVCC employee, who asked not to be named, said that the water had affected the "trunk lines" that carry power to the venue. However, there has been no official statement on the matter.

The trade fair is marketed as the "world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies".

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By Dave Lee, Las Vegas

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