Federal, state and local police and fire experts on Wednesday investigated an explosion and fire that destroyed the clubhouse of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club in Orlando.
"It was a human act, incendiary in nature," said Orange County fire Lt. LaRon Graham.
Neighbors reported hearing an explosion about 4 a.m. Tuesday at the single-story structure, which was destroyed by fire by the time firefighters arrived. No one was injured.
Mike Hegerfeld, head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office in Orlando, said agents want to know whether the destruction was connected to recent fires and bombings involving motorcycle clubs in Rockford, Ill., Milwaukee and Indianapolis.
The Warlocks, a regional club with about 75 members and based in Orlando, has been aligned with the Hell's Angels, investigators said. The Warlocks had feuded with a rival Outlaws club for several years and authorities were trying to determine whether the incident was the result of that.
The club has recovered from the arrests of two dozen club members and associates on weapons, explosives and drug charges in March 1991 after undercover ATF agents infiltrated the group. Among those charged were national president John "Spike" Ingrao, of nearby Apopka. He went to prison.
His successor, Wayne Sanzo, was murdered in 1991 by the boyfriend of his teenage daughter. The girl and two other teens were convicted along with the girl's boyfriend.