NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) _ Excavators uncovered an unexploded World War II bomb near Nuremberg's main train station Thursday, prompting police to evacuate a wide area, including a pedestrian square in front of the station.

After the 500-pound American-made bomb was uncovered during the morning rush hour, police roped off an area 300 yards from the site. The bomb was defused Thursday evening after all trains were moved a safe distance out of the station.

Although more than 50 years have passed since the end of the war, old bombs still turn up regularly in Germany. Most recent finds have been in former East Germany where excavation for construction projects undertaken since the 1990 reunification have often uncovered bombs.