Power Being Restored to CES Following Outage

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Attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center began tweeting Wednesday morning that the power had shut off inside many of the booths on the show floor.

The annual technology conference CES has announced that Nevada Energy is in the process of restoring power to the Las Vegas Convention center after darkness descended on Wednesday as the facility experienced a power outage during the second day of the annual technology conference. 

"We've been informed by Nevada Power that the outage has been addressed and they are in the process of restoring power. We will continue to restrict access until full power has been restored. Thank you for your continued patience. We encourage you to visit other open show areas," CES said via its Twitter account at 12:39 p.m. PT on Wednesday. 

People inside the Convention Center began tweeting at around 11:15 a.m. PT that the power had shut off inside many of the booths on the show floor. Word quickly spread that several of the major halls were experiencing the blackout. 

A voice eventually got on a loudspeaker and announced that organizers were investigating the incident, per tweets from people inside the Convention Center. 

Shortly after the blackout occurred, the official CES Twitter feed tweeted, "There is an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We are working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience." The Hollywood Reporter has reached out for additional information. 

The Consumer Technology Association, which organizes CES, was expecting over 170,000 attendees in Las Vegas this year. There are 3,900 exhibitors at the show, many of them with booths in the Convention Center. But a blackout at the Convention Center does not mean that the entire event has come to a standstill. CES overruns much of Las Vegas during its week in town. Attendees sitting in a panel featuring Discovery CEO David Zaslav and other media executives inside the Monte Carlo hotel were not impacted by the power outage. 

Social media users at the conference shared video and images of the blackout, some noting that the tech at least provided some light. "@Tesla rocking it during massive #CES18 #CESblackout," one joked.

More to come.

Jan. 10, 12:55 p.m. Updated with latest statement from CES.