Lights out at CES: Giant trade show plunges into darkness, knocks out Samsung, LG, and other booths

LAS VEGAS — Big chunks of CES are currently in the dark as power to parts of the Las Vegas Convention Center went out Wednesday morning.

Electronics giants like Samsung, LG, Panasonic and more suddenly lost power to their booths a little after 11 a.m. LG’s exhibit in the center portion of the hall is enclosed, and when the power dropped out it drew audible gasps from attendees, and for a minute it seemed like some sort of surprise announcement. But everyone quickly realized that there was a problem and brought out their phones to provide a modicum of light as attendees exited the hall.

Other parts of the hall remain up and running.

We’ve reached out to CES to learn more, and we’ll update this post as we learn more. At around 11:35 a.m., an announcement came over the PA system saying officials are working on restoring power.

LG’s exhibit in the dark at CES. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)