(Reuters) – An explosive device was found on Monday in a mailbox near the New York home of billionaire financier George Soros, a favorite target of right-wing campaigners in the United States and eastern Europe, the New York Times reported, citing police.
FILE PHOTO: Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in London, Britain June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo
Authorities responded to the home in Katonah, New York after they received a call about a suspicious package at about 3:45 p.m., the Times reported.
“An employee of the residence opened the package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device,” police said in a statement to the Times.
The employee put the package in a wooded area and called police. Bomb squad technicians arrived and detonated it, a police official told the New York Times.
Soros was not home at the time, the Times reported.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing Simon Cameron-Moore