Reuters — Oct 23, 2018
A package containing what appeared to be an explosive device has been found in a mailbox outside the New York state residence of billionaire financier George Soros, police said.
Soros, one of the world’s biggest donors to liberal groups and causes, has become a hate figure for rightwing campaigners in the United States and eastern Europe, and the target of a hostile media campaign by the nationalist government in his native Hungary.
An employee at the home in Katonah, New York, opened the package on Monday, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device. Soros was not home at the time, the New York Times reported.
Authorities were contacted at around 3.45pm, the Town of Bedford police department said in a statement.
Bomb squad technicians detonated the package in a nearby wooded area, police told the newspaper.
The FBI’s New York field office said on Twitter that it was “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.”
Activists frequently post the addresses of homes Soros owns in Westchester County, north of New York City, on social media sometimes accompanied by derogatory remarks.
A Hungarian government spokesman said: “The matter falls under the jurisdiction of US authorities. After all, the incident occurred there.” He declined to comment further.