An explosive device was found Monday in a mailbox at the suburban New York home of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, and Democratic megadonor often criticized by right-wing groups, authorities said.
The device “had the components” of a bomb and contained explosive powder, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation. Authorities detonated it as a precaution, and no one was injured, NBC New York reported.
Police in Bedford, a hamlet in Westchester County about 30 miles north of New York, said an employee of the residence received the package before 3:45 p.m. ET. After seeing what appeared to be an explosive device inside, the employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the police.
Several law enforcement agencies were dispatched, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, both of which tweeted that there was no immediate threat to public safety. They provided no possible motive.
We are working with our partners at @NewYorkFBI & @WestCtyPolice 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.
— ATF New York (@ATFNewYork) October 23, 2018