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Power failure plunges CES into darkness

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It is the biggest consumer technology show in the world - but not even CES is immune to technical problems.

The CES global trade show that seeks to extol the wonders of our connected world just illustrated a big Achilles' heel: Without electricity, not much happens.

Recent reports have revealed that this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was shrouded in darkness for more than hour after a power outage. "We are working with the power company to restore power as soon as possible".

LAS VEGAS-On the first day of CES, Tuesday, a record 1.33 inches of rain fell, the wettest one-day downpour since the Weather Service began keeping records in 1937. "Again, thank you for your patience during this time", explained the CES Twitter account, at 4:20 p.m. EST.

The world's most high-tech show was plunged into darkness for almost two hours Wednesday morning local time due to the unusual level of rainfall the day before.

Of course, the highly unusual, and ironic, event prompted plenty of people and brands to light up Twitter with jokes about the #CESBlackout2018. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

Regardless of the difficulties that the annual convention seems to be facing this year, companies and tech giants continue to be thrilled with the overall theme, with smart lights and speakers soaring to popularity. There's nothing more tragic than rows upon rows of blackened 4K HD TV displays.

One LVCC employee, who asked not to be named, said that the water had affected the "trunk lines" that carry power to the venue. There are 3,900 exhibitors at the show, many of them with booths in the Convention Center. My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.

Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout.

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