Moab Residents Don't Like Name of New Bomb

Moab Residents Don't Like Name of New Bomb

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(Moab-AP) -- Some folks in the southern Utah town of Moab aren't too happy with the name the military has chosen for it newest bomb.

The Pentagon announced that the 21-thousand-pound bomb will be called MOAB -- short for massive ordnance air burst -- and it could be used in a war with Iraq.

But people who live in Moab, Utah, wish the government had picked a different name.

Mayor Dave Sakrison told The Salt Lake Tribune that everyone he's talked to is appalled by the acronym.

Grand County Councilwoman Joette Langianese says she doesn't want to hear on the news that MOAB was dropped on Iraq, killing thousands of people.

Moab is an old mining town adored by outdoor enthusiasts today for its red-rock beauty.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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