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.
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.
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.— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) October 23, 2018
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.
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