What Happens During Blackout at World's Biggest Tech Show

Jeannie Matthews
January 13, 2018

While power within the South Hall was restored minutes later, it took two hours to fully restore power in the Central Hall, with conference organisers confirming on Twitter at 1.09pm that power was slowly being rolled out in the Central Hall.

In an unprecedented turn, a major blackout happened during one of this year's biggest tech shows. Most companies could not show off their latest products due to the lack of electricity.

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Attendees attempt to enter Central Hall through exit doors at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 2018. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued.

Exhibitors have not yet put forward any complaints concerning damages caused by the power outage, nor has the show organizer officially mentioned a plan regarding the mishap.

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As one would expect at an event filled with tech enthusiasts, plenty of pictures and videos of the eerily darkened scene hit Twitter during the outage, with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly becoming a top trending topic. The glittering lights, the myriad laptops, the enormous TVs-they all went dark.

LG Electronics, which is showcasing a host of products at CES, even turned the outage as a PR opportunity.

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected.

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