Explosive device found at George Soros’s home
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Authorities discovered and disposed of an explosive device found in a mailbox outside a home of billionaire George Soros on Monday, The New York Times reported.

An employee at Soros's home in Westchester County, N.Y., found what appeared to be an explosive device in a mailbox before placing it in a wooded area and contacting police, authorities told the Times.

The newspaper reported that a bomb squad arrived and "proactively detonated" the device.

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Soros was not home at the time of the incident, and the investigation has reportedly been turned over to the FBI.

"We are conducting an investigation at and around a residence in Bedford, NY. There is no threat to public safety, and we have no further comment at this time," the bureau's New York office wrote in a tweet late Monday.

Right-wing groups and some Republican politicians have recently increased their criticism of Soros, a billionaire philanthropist who has supported liberal causes, human rights efforts and Democratic politicians.

Some conservatives have painted Soros as a villain associated with conspiratorial plots and subjected him to anti-Semitic slurs. Roseanne Barr falsely claimed Soros is a Nazi in a May tweet that was shared by the president's son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpMelania Trump's 'Be Best' hashtag trends after president goes after Greta Thunberg Trump Jr. blasts Time for choosing 'marketing gimmick' Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year White House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' MORE

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The president has repeatedly suggested that Democrats are responsible for the caravan, while offering no proof for his claim. He has harped on the issue to stoke fear about a potential influx of illegal immigrants just weeks before the midterm elections.