2ND UPDATE, 2:50 PM: Heavy overnight rains caused the power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show, according to a new statement from the Consumer Technology Association.
Here’s the full statement:
“Today at approximately 11:15 AM, 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.”
UPDATED, 12:51 PM: Power is being restored to the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show, following an outage about an hour ago.
The Consumer Technology Association issued a statement saying that Nevada Energy has addressed the cause of the problem, which resulted in an outage impacting the sprawling Central and South halls. Nevada Energy is “in the process of testing and restoring power.” Access will be limited until power is fully restored.
This is the first such outage in recent memory at an event that is expected to bring more than 180,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the latest technological innovations.
Here’s the trade group’s statement about the outage: “We have been informed by Nevada Energy that the outage impacting the Central Hall and South Hall meeting room connector of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) has been addressed and they are in the process of testing and restoring power. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored. Thanks for your continued patience.
PREVIOUS: The Consumer Electronics Show, which showcases the technology of tomorrow, is experiencing problems with technology of the here and now. The central hall is experiencing a power outage, according to several social media posts.
The cause the power outage could not be immediately determined. Social media posts show booths completely in the dark.