Before the media arrived on the scene, eyewitnesses and their families tweeted about the F-18 jet crash that occurred just over an hour ago in Virginia Beach, Va., residential neighborhood. This tweet by KristiJoPhoto, published at 12:13 pm eastern time, was among the first tweets posted about the crash:

https://twitter.com/#!/KristiJoPhoto/status/188298335516499970

More early tweets:

http://twitter.com/#!/charlieolson1/status/188306957273284611

https://twitter.com/#!/cameronerazo/status/188299972863721472

https://twitter.com/#!/thatsnenni4u/status/188299605295894530

https://twitter.com/#!/thatsnenni4u/status/188301643513737216

http://twitter.com/#!/ohhmyoperator/status/188306075051769858

https://twitter.com/#!/_iamChix/status/188301497329655809

http://twitter.com/#!/VA_MOE/status/188300381980327937

https://twitter.com/#!/NigelB708/status/188298670498783232

https://twitter.com/#!/NiQueSkee/status/188298764480548865

https://twitter.com/#!/NiQueSkee/status/188307613962862592

http://twitter.com/#!/captkevman/status/188301180764569602

https://twitter.com/#!/illusivemedia/status/188301581345751042

http://twitter.com/#!/SonofVBeach/status/188323997501493248

http://twitter.com/#!/dlamont13/status/188299900235165696

http://twitter.com/#!/MeghanHoyer/status/188310027336024066

http://twitter.com/#!/djpostl/status/188320692427694081

Videos here and here.

More info:

https://twitter.com/#!/GovernorVA/status/188318727673102337

http://twitter.com/#!/ProducerMatthew/status/188324989022384128

http://twitter.com/#!/USNavy/status/188324416248225792

http://twitter.com/#!/ProducerMatthew/status/188324460338741248

Compare to this.

http://twitter.com/#!/Teo_dG/status/188325560324341760

Bystanders rescue crashed pilot.