I was driving west on barger dr, near the beltline on-ramp, when a sizeable ball shaped burst of light shot from my upper left (south) to the intersection about 50 feet in front of me, which illuminated the entire the intersection and then the rest the block brighter than the mid-day sun. then all street lights, but not traffic signals, went out for several blocks ahead of me. when i looked to my left from whence it appeared the burst had come, i saw an object glowing solid orange/red. it did not appear to be conventional aircraft, as there were no apparent blinking lights, but rather just a solid orange glow, and the shape of it didn't appear to be that of conventional craft. it seemed that after i acknowledged the object, it began to move quickly but smoothly out of sight. admittedly, this object was obfuscated some by fog, and i cannot say emphatically for sure what it is i saw. though possibly coincidental or otherwise explainable, the sequence of events was exceedingly peculiar. the trajectory and behavior of the sight burst did resemble an experience i have ever had with lightning, and the event was completely silent - strange indeed.