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January 11, 2018

Lights out at CES 2018

by John_A

In possibly the worst thing that could happen at a tech show, power went down across several halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES at 11:15 PT. Several booths suffered power outages, including swathes of TVs at LG. The South Hall is also affected, as people are being stopped getting to and from the exhibition areas. Security staff told Engadget that a “power outage” has affecting all halls except East. Attendees were blocked from entering Central Hall, where the main lighting was briefly down. — this included Engadget’s own stage presence at CES. (Update: our livestream is back and running.) Our staff also saw one man being escorted away from the convention center by police. Attendees at the Cosmopolitan Hotel reported “flickering lights” around the same time.

Update: CES has tweeted that there was “an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center.” It added that it was “working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience.

We’ll be updating this post as we learn more.

The lights just went out at #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/cljfwEsHHh

— Nat Levy (@NatJLevy) January 10, 2018

Lights out in Central Hall! #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/Cxb6ggK06g

— Nicole Scott (@Nicole_Scooter) January 10, 2018

LVCC Central Hall is in complete blackout 😭 pic.twitter.com/xOlQb3Nxfh

— Shunsuke Aoki / 青木俊介 (@aopico) January 10, 2018

Lights out in Central Hall! #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/Cxb6ggK06g

— Nicole Scott (@Nicole_Scooter) January 10, 2018

Whoa, I’m in a hotel on the other side of town from the LVCC and our power just flickered too…

— Tim Stevens (@Tim_Stevens) January 10, 2018

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