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It’s lights out at CES as power cut brings tech show to a standstill

UPDATE: The lights are back on in the LVCC’s Central Hall after a power outage of around two hours. The problem has been tracked back to condensation in a power transformer caused by yesterday’s constant rain.

However, it’s currently unclear whether exhibitors will be able to get their stands re-opened today. There’s still no official word on the cause of the technical difficulties in Las Vegas.

Original story continues below…

CES 2018, the world’s largest electronics show, has been plunged into darkness following a power cut at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Technical problems in the Central Hall have left the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic unable to showcase their latest gear to tech-loving attendees.

The arena has been without power since around 11am local time (7pm GMT) and organisers aren’t allowing attendees, including press, analysis and exhibitors, into the Central Hall.

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TrustedReviews Editor Evan Kypreos, who’s in attendance at CES, said: “Some stands still had light, thanks to generators, but they’ve now run out of power.

“Panasonic told its staff on the stand to leave, and no one is allowed back on to the show floor. I’m still in, but it’s pitch black in places.”

Evan also says some manufacturers are expressing concern over the security of their products, many of which are prototypes, concepts, or new releases that won’t be officially available until later this year.

He added: “Samsung kicked everyone off its stand and there are stand owners concerned about their products on show. It would be very easy to pick up sample products without anyone noticing.”

Sony has also closed its stand.

The sense of confusion has also been heightened by unconfirmed reports of a noise ‘like an explosion’ at the back of the LVCC, with witnesses also reporting fire engines on the scene.

We’re still awaiting official word on this right now, but one hopes that any incidents can be attributed to the electrical problems.

The problems could be a result of severe rainfall in the city, which saw 1.33 inches arrive in less than six hours – a record for January.

On Tuesday, some of the booths flooded as a result of the downpour.

The North and South Halls remain open, with show-runners advising attendees to visit exhibitors while it works on solving the “isolated” problem.

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