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UPDATE: Power fully restored at CES, rain likely cause of outage

The power's out at CES
The power's out at CES
Posted at 12:04 PM, Jan 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 20:42:59-05

UPDATE AT 2:10 P.M.: A statement was released on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Consumer Technology Association and NV Energy.

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.

The two hours convention-goers were shut out of the Central Hall led to lost productivity.

Bruce Koenigsberg, in from Seattle, said he missed appointments that can't be rescheduled.

"It's almost like I'm going to have to extend my trip another day," he said. "I was going to fly back to Seattle Thursday night and now I'm going to have to pay money to go Friday night."

The possibility of staying another day also upset Koenigsberg because it would mean another day away from his family.

UPDATE AT 1:14 P.M.: The power has been fully restored at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

UPDATE AT 1:09 P.M.: CES officials say that the lights are back on in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


The lights went out at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, leaving hundreds of CES attendees in the dark.

CES officials reported the power outage in a Twitter post around 11:30 a.m. It is not yet clear when the issue will be fixed.

Despite the power outage, CES officials say that guests are still free to visit the exhibitors in South Hall and North Hall, as well as the Central and South Plaza.