An elephant that was participating in the annual Duruthu Perahera in Gandara Wijeyaratnarama Viharaya in Matara has gone on a rampage last night.
The incident has caused panic among the spectators.
However, several mahouts, wildlife officials and police has given anesthesia to the elephant and controlled the situation.
The angry elephant has damaged four tree-wheelers and a car, Gandara police said. It has also damaged four electricity poles and three telephone poles.
Few people were also injured when the group panicked.It is believed that the elephant was provoked by flashing lights.