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Power restored after outage at CES convention in Las Vegas

Attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show were left in the dark after a power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday. (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

Attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show were left in the dark after a power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday.

Pictures began to flood social media immediately. Power has since been restored.

So what do you do when the lights go dark, especially when you have thousands of people packed into a convention center?

For nearly two hours, what is usually a vibrant display of high-tech gadgets and inventions, instead, was concealed by darkness. A blackout at the Consumer Electronics Show halted the show inside the Central Hall of the convention center.

However, Feras Abutaha and his company team kept working through the blackout, showing off their smartphone technology, but also keeping a close eye on their valuable products.

"I was caught off guard. I thought it was going to be just a momentary thing," said Abutaha of Hauwai Smartphones. "Surprisingly, everyone was really well minded. We were afraid maybe we might have some kind of theft but no, everybody was very positive."

Convention organizers quickly urged everyone to stay calm. There were no evacuations but CES attendee Kre Gordon was a bit shaken.

"You never know when something like that is going to happen, but yeah, that’s something to think about," said Gordon.

CES 2018 emerged out of the darkness, and many, with a story to tell.

The Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority says the outage may have been caused by Tuesday's heavy rainfall.

They released the following statement:

"Today at approximately 11:15 a.m., the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power. Power in the south hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas.
A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility’s transformers.
We are grateful to NV Energy for their swift assistance, to our customers and their clients for their patience and to the staff for ensuring the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors."


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