The World Cup in Brazil set to begin in just two weeks. And as people from all corners of the globe descend on the South American nation known for its festive culture, one piece of the party is no longer in play: the caxirola, an avocado-sized instrument filled with beads. When shaken, it makes noise and was supposed to be a symbol of Brazil's Afro-Caribbean roots.
But now soccer fans are barred from bringing caxirolas into 12 stadiums in the country because officials are worried unhappy fans may pelt players with them.
Brazil's instrument was supposed to be the answer to the vuvuzela, the plastic horn noisemaker that beat down eardrums at the World Cup in South Africa four years ago. The vuvuzela was more distraction than danger.
Still, some we spoke to say officials in Brazil are overreacting. And if fans get desperate, they can always download the caxirola app.