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Explosive Device Found Near New York Home Of Billionaire George Soros

October 23, 2018 - 6:36 am

BEDFORD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- New York police and the FBI are investigating upstate near the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros, after a suspicious package was discovered inside his mailbox.

The Bedford Police Department said it responded to the threat at 3:45 p.m. Monday after an employee at the home in the hamlet of Katonah opened a package containing what appeared to be an explosive device.

This wasn't a hoax. According a law enforcement source, the package contained explosive components and a device that looked like a pipe bomb, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported.

The employee reportedly placed the object in a wooded area nearby and called for help. Bedford police then alerted the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives.

It was safely detonated by Bomb Squad technicians late Monday.

The 88-year-old Soros was not home at the time.

Beford police said the FBI's joint terrorism task force is leading the investigation.

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.”

"There is no reason to believe at this time that there's any additional threat," Bedford Police Chief Melvin Padilla said. 

Soros, a billionaire who made his fortune in hedge funds, has donated heavily to liberal causes and is often vilified by right wing conspiracy theorists.