On the second day of CES, at about 11:15 am, the lights flickered and went out in the massive Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center where the sprawling booths of Samsung, LG, Sony, Intel and hundreds more exhibits went dark.
But the tech with perhaps the most potential and anticipation will not even launch here for a year or more, 5G wireless internet.
"CES is over. You can all go home now", Fortune Magazine's tech editor Rachel King tweeted.
It also encouraged attendees to "get outside on this handsome Las Vegas day".
A major power outage hit CES Wednesday, leaving parts of the world's largest consumer electronics show in darkness. "We are working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience". The Tesla booth appears to be making the most out of an unfortunate situation, and this violin player at the Intel booth seems to still be having an okay time.
It is unclear what the real cause of the outage is, and attendees have mostly been moved out into the hallways of the convention center. So maybe Google's outdoor booth wasn't an entirely bad idea, after all. While power within the South Hall was restored minutes later, it took two hours to fully restore power in the Central Hall, with conference organisers confirming on Twitter at 1.09pm that power was slowly being rolled out in the Central Hall.
Update 6:39pm CT, Jan. 10: The CES blackout was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" on a transformer at the Las Vegas Convention Center, convention authorities said in a statement Wednesday.
Although South and North Hall appear to have power, there have been reports that the power outages briefly extended to other areas in Vegas, including nearby hotels.