An explosive device was found yesterday in a mailbox at the Westchester County home of George Soros, a favorite target of right-wing groups, the authorities said.

The device did not explode on its own, and bomb squad technicians detonated it.

George Soros was not home at the time.

The police said they had turned the case over to the FBI and in a tweet later, the bureau’s New York office said it was conducting an investigation “at and around a residence in Bedford” and that there was no threat to public safety.

George Soros, who was born in Hungary, made his fortune running a hedge fund and is now a full-time philanthropist and political activist. He donates frequently to Democratic candidates and progressive causes and has given at least USD 18 billion to his Open Society Foundations to promote democracy and human rights around the world.

His activism has made him a villain to conservative groups and the target of anti-Semitic smears. Roseanne Barr called him a Nazi in an infamous tweetstorm, and just this month, Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, falsely speculated that Soros had funded a caravan of migrants moving north toward Mexico.

According to Soros, it was the extremism of the Republican Party that had prompted him to become a major Democratic donor, but also said he is opposed to the extreme left.

Bedford is about 50 miles north of Manhattan and has been home to many well-to-do city transplants, including Martha Stewart, Glenn Close and Ralph Lauren.

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