On Saturday, August 26, 2016 at approximately 10:22 pm, the Carlstadt Police Department received a report of a strange odor inside the Coca-Cola building located at 118 Moonachie Avenue and an employee who had become unconscious. Officers Jason Colombo and Mark Wong responded and confirmed that all company personnel were evacuated from the building, including the affected employee who was now alert and conscious. According to a company representative, the affected employee was using ether spray to start a company vehicle while inside the entrance bay at the west side of the building off of Commercial Avenue. Shortly after the engine started, the employee became unconscious.

The Carlstadt Fire Department arrived on to the scene and conducted a search of the building with a gas detection meter and found no abnormal readings. PSE&G was contacted and responded to the scene and also checked the building for the presence of hazardous gasses. No dangerous readings were detected and the building was deemed safe to reoccupy. A total of six employees were affected from the incident, all but two had refused medical
treatment. The remaining two employees were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center by the Wood-Ridge Firearm Department EMS and Carlstadt Volunteer Ambulance Corps and for further treatment.