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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 17, 2012

 
BLASTGARD® INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         
Colorado
 
000-53756
 
84-1506325
(state or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(IRS Employer Identification Number)

     
2451 McMullen Booth Road, Suite 242,
Clearwater, FL
 
33759
(address of principal executive offices)
 
(zip code)

727.592.9400
(registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

ITEM 4.01. Changes in Registrant’s Certifying Accountant

(1) Previous Independent Auditors:

a.  
On December 17, 2012, the Company was informed that our registered independent public accountant, Peter Messineo, CPA, of Palm Harbor Florida (“PM”) declined to stand for re-election.  PM has merged his firm into the registered firm of Drake and Klein CPAs PA, as stated in (2) below.

b.  
PM's report on the financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and was not qualified or modified as to audit scope or accounting, except that the report contained an explanatory paragraph stating that there was substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

c.  
Our Board of Directors participated in and approved the decision to change independent accountants. Through the period covered by the financial audit for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 and including its review of financial statements of the quarterly periods through September 30, 2012 there have been no disagreements with PM on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements if not resolved to the satisfaction of PM  would have caused them to make reference thereto in their report on the financial statements. Through the interim period December 17, 2012 (the date of decline to stand for re-election of the former accountant), there have been no disagreements with PM on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements if not resolved to the satisfaction of PM would have caused them to make reference thereto in their report on the financial statements.

d.  
We have authorized PM to respond fully to the inquiries of the successor accountant

e.  
During the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 and the interim period through December 17, 2012, there have been no reportable events with us as set forth in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K.

f.  
The Company provided a copy of the foregoing disclosures to PM prior to the date of the filing of this Report and requested that PM furnish it with a letter addressed to the Securities & Exchange Commission stating whether or not it agrees with the statements in this Report. A copy of such letter is filed as Exhibit 16.1 to this Form 8-K.

(2)          New Independent Accountants:

a.  
On December 17, 2012, the Company engaged Drake, Klein, Messineo, CPAs PA (“DKM”) of Clearwater, Florida, as its new registered independent public accountant. During the year ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 and prior to December 17, 2012 (the date of the new engagement), we did not consult with DKM regarding (i) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, (ii) the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company’s financial statements by DKM, in either case where  written or oral advice provided by DKM would be an important factor considered by us in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing or financial reporting issues or (iii) any other matter that was the subject of a disagreement between us and our former auditor or was a reportable event (as described in Items 304(a)(1)(iv) or Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K, respectively).

ITEM 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

a.  
None
b.  
Exhibits
   
NUMBER
EXHIBIT
16.1
Letter from Peter Messineo, CPA, dated December 17, 2012, regarding Change in Certifying Accountant. (Filed herewith.)
 
 
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

   
 
BlastGard International, Inc..
   
Dated:  December 19, 2012
/s/ Michael J. Gordon
 
Michael J. Gordon
 
Chief Executive Officer