Much of the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power on Wednesday morning in the middle of CES 2018, the massive annual gathering of technology companies. Access will be limited until power is fully restored.
"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.
One of the biggest technology expositions of the year has experienced a very ironic power outage when the lights went out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Sony, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and LG are among the companies with bigger booths in the convention center's Central Hall, the area that was most affected and evacuated during the blackout.More news: WEEKEND WEATHER: Temperatures and Wind chills stay low the next couple days
The CES event draws tech companies from all over the world. Nevada Energy is "in the process of testing and restoring power". According to them, a preliminary investigation revealed that there was moisture in one of the center's transformers, which was caused by the heavy rains that poured in Las Vegas.
Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued.
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.More news: (NYSE:UPS) Stake Boosted by Parnassus Investments CA
The power outage wasn't the only mishap of the week. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout". Initially, some folks seemed on edge-especially given past events in Las Vegas-but so far it just seems that the trade show finally succeeded in overloading the Las Vegas power grid.
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.
Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout.More news: Federer still the man to beat at Melbourne Park