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 TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' 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.