By Caroline Linton CBS News October 23, 2018, 12:05 AM Possible explosive device found near George Soros' house, authorities say

Billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros speaks to reporters at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Oct. 16, 2006. Soros said China should allow its currency to appreciate in order to maintain economic stability. Shown at right on the table is a copy of the Japanese version of his latest book, "The Age of Fallibility."

AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

A possible explosive device was found in Westchester County, New York, near the house of billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros, authorities said. The explosive device was found in the mailbox by an employee of the residence, said the Bedford town police department.

The employee placed the device in a wooded area and called the police, authorities said.

Soros was not home at the time, according to The New York Times. The bomb squad then detonated the device, the Times reported.

The case has been turned over the FBI. The FBI confirmed on Twitter they are "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."

Soros, ranked the 60th richest person in the world by Forbes in 2018, made his fortune in investment banking. As a supporter of major Democratic causes and candidates such as former President Obama and Hillary Clinton, Soros is a favorite right-wing scapegoat.

Last week, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz posted a video on Twitter that allegedly showed migrants in a caravan headed toward the U.S. being paid. Gaetz suggested in a tweet accompanying the video that the migrants were being paid by Soros. The video was retweeted by President Trump, although he did not mention Soros.

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