An explosive device was found in a mailbox in a George Soros home on Monday, the billionaire philanthropist who is a popular destination for far-right groups in a suburb north of New York City, according to the authorities.
A police officer confirmed that the device was found near Mr. Soros's apartment. It did not explode on its own, and the bomb experts detonated it "proactively," the official said.
Federal and state police officials responded to the scene in Katonah, NY, a hamlet in the upmarket town of Bedford in northern Westchester County, after the Bedford Police Department received a phone call about a suspicious package at around 3:45 pm
Mr. Soros was not home at the time.
Police said they had forwarded the case to F.BI, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In a tweet late Monday evening, the New York office's office said it was conducting a "in and around Bedford" investigation and there was no danger to public safety.
The Office for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to a request for comment.
Mr. Soros, who was born in Hungary, has earned his fortune with a hedge fund and is now a full-time philanthropist and political activist. He often donates to Democratic candidates and progressive causes, and has given [atleast$18billiontohisOpenSocietyFoundations to promote democracy and human rights around the world.
His activism has made him a scoundrel of conservative groups and a target of anti-Semitic smears. Roseanne Barr called him a Nazi in a notorious Tweetsturm, and just this month Republican Republican Matt Gaetz falsely speculated that Mr. Soros had financed a caravan of migrants heading north to Mexico. There is no evidence that Mr. Soros paid thousands of migrants to storm the border. There is also no evidence that the Democrats support the efforts, as President Trump has said. Soros became an important political donor in the United States during George W. Bush's presidency. He spent millions supporting John Kerry's unsuccessful attempt to deny Bush a second term, was an early supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and paid more than $ 25 million to Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and events during the 2016 election cycle.  Although the name of Mr. Soros has become a trigger for a subset of Republicans and Conservatives, he has said that his main goal as a political activist was to see a return to bipartisans.
He said it was Republican extremism A party that had made him become an important democratic donor, but also said he was against the extreme left.
"I do not really want to be a Democrat," he said.
Bedford is about 50 miles north of Manhattan and was home to many affluent urban transplants, including Martha Stewart, Glenn Close and Ralph Lauren. Katonah, where Mr. Soros has a home, is known for its cultural offerings, including the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and the Katonah Museum of Art.
The city is known for its insularity and lack of gossip for well-known residents to fly the radar. "They look to Bedford as if they were protecting their privacy," John Bedbridge, Bedford's historian, said in a telephone interview.
Mr. Stockbridge said the city has largely avoided drama or violent horrors. "I've been here for 35 years and I do not remember any incident like what you're talking about," he said.