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George Soros Home Bomb Threat Update: Explosive Powder Found in Device, Authorities Confirm

A suspicious package at the home of Democratic billionaire George Soros was determined to be a bomb filled with explosive powder but was not deemed a threat to the public’s safety.

On Monday, the Bedford (New York) Police Department received a call after a worker found a suspicious package in the mailbox of Soros’s Katonah, New York, home. The FBI’s New York office confirmed an investigation was underway at and around a residence in Bedford, and tweeted that there was no threat to public safety.

On Tuesday morning, The Associated Press reported law enforcement officials had confirmed that the device found at Soros’s home was a bomb with explosive powder. A law enforcement source that spoke with The Associated Press anonymously said the package “had the components” of an explosive device and was not a “hoax device.”

Investigators were reviewing surveillance footage to determine if the package had been dropped off at the house or if it had been sent in the mail. It’s unclear at this time if the package was addressed to Soros.

GettyImages-608914238 Founder and chair of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations, George Soros attends the 2016 Concordia Summit at the Grand Hyatt New York on September 20, 2016, in New York City. On Monday, a suspicious package containing materials for a bomb was found at Soros's New York home. Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit

After the package was found, the worker placed it in a wooded area and called the police, who then called the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives. The FBI's terrorism task force was also brought in to investigate.

The device was “proactively detonated” by law enforcement officials.

News of the suspicious package traveled quickly and many were quick to condemn the political right for the attack. Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the right provokes “actual, targeted attempts to harm others” when they mischaracterize “nonviolent civil disobedience as ‘violence.'

“After relentless GOP conspiracy theorizing, someone attempted to bomb a man who survived Nazi occupation today.” 

Soros was born in Hungary in 1930, and he and his family, who are Jewish, survived the Nazi occupation by securing false identity papers and concealing their Jewish backgrounds.

Dena Grayson, the wife of former congressman Alan Grayson, tweeted that the anti-Semitism within the Republican Party led by President Donald Trump “inspires” actions like the one taken against Soros. Grayson said that there was no excuse for “putting a bomb in someone’s mailbox” regardless of political opinion.

Senator Rand Paul also condemned the attack on Twitter and wrote, “Violence and mob attacks are the same whether leveled at someone you like or your political adversary.”

American politicians weren’t the only ones on the receiving end of the blame. Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, pointed the finger at Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and British politician Nigel Farage.

“This is what the campaign against Soros by Orbán, Farage and the alt-right leads to,” Verhofstadt tweeted. “Their anti-Semitic laced slurs and propaganda are dangerous. When will they stop?”

A week before the suspicious package was discovered at Soros’s home, Senator Susan Collins received a suspicious letter at her home in Bangor, Maine. The senator’s husband, Thomas Daffron, was home at the time but was not injured. Collins thanked the law enforcement agencies that responded, and their friends and neighbors who offered to open their homes to them.

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