Irony of Power Outage at the Consumer Electronics Show Was Not Lost on People

CES 2018 had a major blackout at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

CES 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 10: An attendee is illumiated by his smartphone during CES 2018 after the power was lost inside the central hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

CES 2018

CES 2018 had a shaky start on Wednesday when there was a power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the space at which the event was held. The major blackout lasted for around two hours in the Central Hall and some parts of the North Hall. Security ushered attendees from the areas during that time.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility’s transformers,” a statement from the CTA, the organization that puts on CES, read. “We are grateful to NV Energy for their swift assistance, to our customers and their clients for their patience and to the staff for ensuring the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors."

CES (or the Consumer Electronics Show) is one of the biggest trade shows for technology in the country, so a power outage is clearly not the most ideal situation. But once the news spread, the organizers tweeted they were aware of the issue. "There is an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We are working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience," they said. From the unexpected flooding in the area to the blackout, today was definitely not a great one for CES.

There is an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We are working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience.

— CES (@CES) January 10, 2018

And as with anything chaos-related, Twitter rushed in to get some jokes off with the hashtag #CESBlackout. Get into some of the best and most witty reactions (many of which appropriately called attention to Puerto Rico) below.

What I’ll remember from #CES2018 #CESBlackout 🚫💡

— Brian Tong (@briantong) January 10, 2018

I love how like, electricity just big-footed #CES2018 in the most apex predator way. Like, "how's all that innovation going for you now, losers?" #CESblackout

— Molly Wood (@mollywood) January 10, 2018

If you are in Central Hall, please go save the Sony Aibos. Without power these guys will be dead in two hours. Sarah McLachlan has prepared you for this moment.

— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) January 10, 2018

"We see everything" @NSAGov
"We know everything" @Wikipedia
"We find everything" @Google
"We sell everything" @amazon
"We know everyone" @facebook
"We free everyone" @bitcoin

"Without me ALL of you are nothing" @internet

"HODL MY BEER" @electricity #cesblackout

— Lite₿it ∞/21M ☂️•🏃‍♂️•💣 (@LiteBitCo) January 10, 2018

Wow.... Lights go out and there's flooding... At an electronics show... In the desert.

Can't make this shit up.#CESblackout #ces2018

— ✪ 𝘽𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙍𝙞𝙥 𝙑𝙖𝙣 𝙒𝙞𝙣𝙠𝙡𝙚 ✪ (@BongRipVanWink) January 10, 2018

The real cause of the #CESBlackout, revealed!

— Morgan Little (@mlittlesf) January 10, 2018

This is America:

Outrage as tech toy convention in Las Vegas loses power.

Puerto Rico- half of population still without power after four months, and no one cares.#CESblackout

— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 10, 2018

The real irony is that their phones are locked in a charging tower BUT AREN’T CHARGING. If you want to see people freaking out, lock their phone, slowly dying, a few inches away from them with no way of getting it back. #CESBLACKOUT #ces

— Drew Stearne (@drewstearne) January 10, 2018

While #CESblackout is trending at the top of twitter I guess I'll just take this opportunity to remind everyone that huge numbers of people in Puerto Rico still have no power.

— Evan Greer is on Mastodon and Bluesky (@evan_greer) January 10, 2018

Hottest gadget at #CES2018 right now! #CESBLACKOUT

— ISPNtweets (@ISPNtweets) January 10, 2018

#CESblackout got people like ⬇️

— HyperX (@HyperX) January 10, 2018

Our booth looks a little bit different this year... #CESblackout #CES2018

— Texas Instruments (@TXInstruments) January 10, 2018

Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G. #CESblackout

— Intel (@intel) January 10, 2018

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