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HOUSTON - 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.

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

It's being called mystery dust, and many folks told KTRK-TV they woke up to find it all over their cars.

The mystery dust blanketed so many cars the line at a 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," said Saqiab.

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," said Saqiad.

Some say they think they know what it could be.

"It's just like mud from the construction and stuff," said Carla Tello.

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," said John Stone.

Considering the time of year, perhaps one 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," said JC Inestrosa.

A meteorologist with KTRK-TV speculates it could be mud showers from Mexico. According to the national weather service, a dust and sand cloud was observed south of the border a few days ago.

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