Mysterious red dust coating cars in Houston

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 1:27pm

Texas car wash owners got an early Christmas gift, hundreds of people lined up to get their vehicles washed Sunday after finding them covered in a mysterious coating of red dust, Karla Barguiarena has the story.

"I really can't way what is was."

"I don't have any idea."

"Now looking at it, I don't quite know what it is."

With three days to go before Christmas, there's a new mystery in the air.

"I don't know. I'd love to know what it is but I want to get it off."

Not about Santa and his sleigh, but about Houstonians and their wheels.

"It's very strange to see all this red dirt on the cars and I've seen on many cars in front of me."

It's being called mystery dust and many folks tell us they woke up to find it all over their cars this morning.

"It was weird. It looked like gold, brown, something but I don't know what it is."

The mystery dust blanketed so many cars, the line at this car wash, near Rice Village, was long, extra long say customers, "Then when I came up to here I didn't know it was gonna be like this. I've been to this car wash before, but it's like a club scene out here. Everyone's out here trying to get their car washed and everything."

From Sugar Land to Spring, it seemed like everyone was talking about the mystery dust, even on social media.

"I was even on Twitter and they were talking about it on Twitter as well in the social media, so I don't know what it was, really."

Some folks tell us they think they know what it could be, "It's just like mud from the construction and stuff."

Others say they may have even seen it before, "Only when we have pollen coming from the trees. That's what it looks like actually, but it's just not the right time of year."

Considering the time of year, perhaps this family has the right idea, "Maybe some green dirt, some green touch on the sand from Santa, maybe that's where it's coming out from."

A Meteorologist with KTRK speculates it could be mud showers from Mexico.

According to the National Weather Service, a dust and san cloud was observed south of the border a few days ago.

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