CES goes dark in the rain

CES goes dark in the rain

CES goes dark in the rain

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But the tech with perhaps the most potential and anticipation will not even launch here for a year or more, 5G wireless internet.

Heavy rainfall caused the rare power interruption, as Las Vegas experienced an unusually heavy downpour that also caused flooding in some of the booths at the CES, including Google's.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the CTA's statement reads.

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The outage was reported at about 11:15 a.m.in the south and central halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This is the first such outage in recent memory at an event that is expected to bring more than 180,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the latest technological innovations.

Some companies and attendees had a sense of humor about the situation, and took to Twitter using the hashtag #CESBlackout to compete for funniest blackout tweet.

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Companies affected by the outage included LG, Samsung and Sony, The Verge reports, along with tech start-up firms that "paid thousands of dollars to have a presence on the massive show floor".

Meanwhile, Canon capitalized on the opportunity to demonstrate their camera's low-light shooting capability.

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