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The power went out at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday. David Becker Stringer

"We are working with the power company to restore power as soon as possible".

The Consumer Electronics Show lost its electrics shortly after 6am AEDT time, during the show's busiest hours, shutting down parts of the Las Vegas Convention Centre, including Central Hall where the show's biggest exhibits are located.

Daily Dot technology reporter Phillip Tracy was on site at the Las Vegas Convention Center when it happened.

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, features nearly 4,000 exhibitors showcasing their newest consumer technologies.

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In the meantime, attendees had been evacuated from the affected space, which hosts booths for LG, Samsung and Sony among others.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued.

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.

After about an hour, only the south and north halls in the plaza were without power.

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As one would expect at an event filled with tech enthusiasts, plenty of pictures and videos of the eerily darkened scene hit Twitter during the outage, with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly becoming a top trending topic.

"Power goes out at CES?". Despite this, many have noted that power outage and the weather were not the only problems of CES 2018. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals. Some poked fun at the ironic loss of power in a gadget show.

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation. The power went out in the central hall of #CES2018!

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.

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